Jazz is a very unique American art form that is the topic of extremely strong study at Fort Gratiot Middle School.  Jazz players must study latin, swing, funk, and contemporary fusion.  Each person that plans to audition for one of the two jazz ensembles at FGMS can expect to demonstrate high levels of proficiency in the following areas by the end of the year:

  • Sight-reading

  • Scales

  • A strong track record of good attendance

  • Improvisation

  • Ability to attend multiple extracurricular performances (between 5-8 more than concert band members)

  • The ability to hear and play melodies by ear.



Beginner Percussion

Thurs -  2:15 to 3:15PM

Beginner Jazz Ensemble

M/W - 2:15 to 3:15PM

Advanced Jazz Ensemble

M/W - 6:20 to 7:20AM

Staff Meetings:

Tues - No rehearsals.

Mike Yaros, Director of Bands

Contact Info:


Fort Gratiot Middle School

3985 Keewahdin Rd

Fort Gratiot, MI 49059

Email: myaros@phasd.us

Office tel: (810) 984-6544, ext. 2221

Cell: (810) 882.1377 call or text