I'm changing high schools next year and for my art credit I signed up for Jazz band on the double bass. I think that it will be a blast but now panic is setting in. I have never, ever, played in a jazz band and have played almost exclusively classical music and not very much of that. I have played cello for about six years so I don't think that counting or reading will be a problem but other than that I am clueless as to what to do or expect. A brief list of questions: -what kind of music do hs jazz bands do? Difficulty etc. -is the playing mostly aimed at winning a state contest or do we play other events? -is there a conductor? -pizz, arco, both? -its reading not improv (*Gabe sets desk on fire as a sacraficial gesture to the music gods hoping they don't make him improvise) - any special gear that I need? -they do take dbers in hs jazz bands right? Those are the big questions I can think of know. Any help between now and the end of August will be deeply appreciated!