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Bridgeport High School
515 Johnson Ave.
Bridgeport, WV 26330
(304) 842-5247
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P. O. Box 609
Bridgeport, WV 26330

















The Bridgeport High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Chris Hayslette, specializes in not only traditional standards, but also performs a variety of Latin tunes, ballads, and jazz-rock selections. The students maintain a busy performance schedule encompassing 15-20 performances each school year. The band performs extensively throughout north central West Virginia at a variety of school, community, and corporate functions. The ensemble has been featured at the Marshall University Jazz Festival in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The ensemble has consistently earned “Superior” ratings at the WV Northern Regional Jazz Festival. The band was chosen as the Honor Jazz Ensemble for West Virginia in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2016.


Jazz Improvisation Tools

Guide Tones Exercise

Chord Outlines Exercise

Scale Exercise

Bebop Dominant Exercise

Blue Bossa

Blue Bossa-Drums

Blues In The Closet

But Beautiful

Bye Bye Blackbird

Cold Duck Time

Groove Merchant

My Funny Valentine

Polka Dots And Moonbeams

St. Thomas

Tenor Madness


Watermelon Man

Woodchopper's Ball


12 Bar Blues Practice Track

(For Exercises Above or General Improv Practice)

Country Roads Practice Track

Country Roads Sample Solo

Lady Bird

Now Is The Time


12 Bar Blues Warm-Up

Jazz letter for 2016-2017

Uniform Information

Class Syllabus