The Waukee High School Vocal Program has an accomplished jazz choir program that strives to attain three ensembles of well balanced and blended voices. Each choir is open to any student in grades 9-12 enrolled in the vocal program by audition. Each year, more than 100 singers have auditioned for approximately 45 positions in the groups.
Avenue Jazz is the varsity vocal jazz ensemble. This group continues to excel at competitions around the state, including multiple “Outstanding Performance Awards” at Kirkwood Vocal Jazz Festival, high honors at the annual Best of Iowa Vocal Jazz Festival, and is in demand for performances throughout the greater Des Moines Metro area.
Soundcheck is the junior varsity ensemble that includes sixteen singers in grades 9-12 and has a consistent record of excellence, including multiple awards and Best of Iowa Jazz Selections.
9th Degree is the beginning level ensemble that involves singers in grades 9-12. For most of the students, this is their first experience singing in the jazz venue. This ensemble has proven ability for consistent jazz tone, style, and overall excellence.