New Horizons Jazz Ensemble

Photo Courtesy of CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival 2019 – Thom Bell Photographer


Adult Ensemble
Teacher: Don Sherman
Wednesday, 11:15–12:30
First Unitarian Church of Rochester
Tuition: $122 per semester




Jazz Ensemble (formerly Vintage Jazz) members will work on the interpretation of rhythm, dynamics, phrasing, contrasts, styles and tempos in various jazz forms. This band will study and perform literature from a number of jazz eras; to include: Dixieland, Swing, Bop, Latin, Jazz/Rock and Contemporary Pop. Members will have the opportunity to solo with the band by either improvising over a series of chords or playing pre-written lines.

Those desiring to enroll must possess at least intermediate level instrumental skills, and should read music. Enrollment with permission of the director. Email:

This is a yearlong course divided into two semesters. Spring semester will be automatically re-registered unless written notification is received by December 1.

New Horizons Discounts

  • Those registered in a core ensemble receive a 25% discount on all other New Horizons Ensembles. Core ensembles include Green Band, Intermediate & Advanced Band, Beginning Strings, Full Orchestra, Advanced String Orchestra, Chorus, Big Band, and Jazz Ensemble.
  • Those registered in Intermediate & Advanced Bands or Advanced String Orchestra receive 50% off Full Orchestra.
  • New Horizons tuition is FREE for those who are 90 or older.
  • Snowbird Policy: New Horizons members who are gone four or more consecutive months during the winter are asked to notify the ECMS office by December, and they will be billed for the fall semester only. All are welcome to attend rehearsals for the balance of the school year at no additional charge when they return. Click here for complete policy details.

How to Register

New students and students registering after mid-September: ECMS Registration Form 

Continuing ECMS students may re-register online from May until September.

Paper registration forms available upon request: (585) 274-1400

Once registered, students may begin attending classes. The only registration confirmation you will receive is your bill. You may log on to check your registrations at any time. Click here for complete details on registration and policies.