Governors of Swing
The "Governors of Swing" is the Jazz Ensemble and is open any student at Strom Thurmond High School. This ensemble usually has 25-30 members. Students who play non-traditional band instruments such as guitar, bass and keyboards are welcome to participate. The "Governors of Swing" meet during Rebel Recon year round and on Wednesdays after school once marching band rehearsals conclude. The "Governors of Swing" perform a variety of literature from different genres and eras. The "Governors of Swing" participate in the SCBDA's Jazz Performance Assessment. This group performs annually in the Edgefield County School's District Fine Arts Festival, and variety of other events including concerts and school assemblies.
"Swingin' Sweets", is an annual jazz concert and dessert theater hosted by the Jazz Ensemble. It features the Strom Thurmond High School "Governors of Swing" along with a featured guest jazz artist/educator. This event is very enriching for our students and our community. The students have an opportunity to have a clinic with the guest artist and get to share the stage with a world-class jazz musician.