Band members study and perform a variety of jazz, rock, blues, and fusion music and learn how to improvise as part of the Mount Pleasant High School Jazz Band and Mount Pleasant Middle School Jazz Band.
Students must be able to read music and play any of these instruments: saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drums, bass guitar, auxiliary percussion or piano. There are a limited number of spots available for each instrument, students may have to try out for the Jazz Band should there be more musicians than available openings. Occasionally, a singer may take part in the Jazz ensemble. The Jazz season runs from November through May.
Students perform at events such as CMU Jazz Weekend, MSBOA State Jazz Festival, and Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival.