The WMS Jazz Bands are open to all woodwind, brass and percussion students enrolled in the WMS Band program. The bands are divided by grade and rehearse before the start of the school day from 7:15 AM to 7:45 AM. 7th grade jazz rehearses on Tuesdays, 6th grade jazz on Wednesdays, and 8th grade jazz on Thursdays. Rhythm sectionals and group lessons for students learning a rhythm section instrument (piano, bass guitar, and drum set) are on Mondays and Fridays.
The Jazz Bands perform in a wide variety of concerts and community functions, including Jazz Night "Live @The Middle School" which features ISD 518 jazz from grades 6 through 12. Members of the jazz program receive a basic grounding in jazz styles and performance practices. Along with jazz and blues, students also explore the styles of pop, rock, latin and funk.