Under the direction of Mr. Scott Weinhold, the McLean Jazz Ensemble preforms regularly at school functions, music festivals, competitions, and local venues upon request. Students participate in a well-rounded curriculum with exposure to the music of the classic big band era as well as contemporary pieces.
The McLean Jazz Ensemble has shared the stage with premier professional military groups including The United States Air Force Airmen of Note, The United States Army Band Army Blues, The United States Army Jazz Ambassadors, and The United States Navy Commodores. For three years, the ensemble has placed First in Class at Fiextaval in Myrtle Beach, SC, Heritage Worldstrides Music Fextival in Boston, MA, and Orlandofest in Orlando, FL. Locally the group has placed in the top three at the Chantilly Annual Jazz Invitational in 2003, 2007, 2008, and 2012.
Each year the ensemble performs at a local retirement home, providing a program of music from the Swing Era of the 1940s. Students perform their final show at well-known local club Jammin’ Java each year. The ensemble's one-of-a-kind performances are highly attended in the Northern Virginia area.