The Jefferson Swing Band, led by Bruce Knepper, is a volunteer “big band” jazz ensemble at Jefferson High School. Many different styles of traditional jazz band literature are studied, including swing, bebop, funk, jazz rock, etc. as well as the study of improvisation. This ensemble begins after the Marching Band season ends, and has two performances during 2nd semester, ISSMA Jazz Contest and Music In May. All instrumentalists may participate, although sometimes parts are limited by specific arrangements. The Swing Band is also a training band for students interested in being in Jazz Band.