The Jazz Bands work diligently to develop the musicianship and performance skills necessary for all types of instrumental jazz. These range from Dixieland to big band-style swing to bebop to Latin jazz fusions to smooth jazz. Students are also encouraged to branch out from the written notes into the world of jazz improvisation. Learning is enhanced through the expertise of guest conductors, clinicians, and professional jazz musicians as well.
The Lawrence North Jazz Bands take their talents on the road each year, competing at Jazz Festivals such as the Heritage Music Festival, the Ball State Jazz Festival and the Purdue Jazz Festival. They also entertain the community with performances at LN. The most highly anticipated concert each year is the Big Band Swing Dance, which attracts an audience of all ages.