The All-University Jazz Ensemble was initially started to provide Music Education students the opportunity to perform music written specifically for the Big Band but also to learn how to organize, rehearse, and develop their own Big Bands once they themselves are music teachers.
Who Can Join
The ensemble is not strictly limited to Music Education majors, but its primary membership and focus is for music educators. Current membership includes students from all parts of the department and University, including performance and composition majors.
Please prepare two contrasting pieces and be ready to sight-read. To schedule an audition, contact Bobby Sanabria at email@example.com
Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm in room 779 of the Education Building (35 West 4th Street). There is a dedicated drum set (no cymbals) at our disposal, and we are able to use guitar and bass amps from the Music Tech program as well. Woodwind players are expected to double (e.g., flute, clarinet) as needed, along with the saxophone part they play. Brass players are expected to bring mutes and other doubles (e.g., flugelhorn) as required.
Performances and Concerts
The ensemble performs at least one concert a semester, but there are a few other performances that may enter the schedule. There may also be recording sessions in the Dolan Studio located on the 6th floor of the Education Building.
The ensemble was invited to perform at the International Society of Music Education (ISME) 30th World Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2012. The ensemble has also participated in Big Band festivals such as the Wilton Big Band Symposium, in which Professor Breaux served as a clinician. The ensemble seeks to perform music ranging from the origins of the Big Band to music written by modern composers, performers, and students of the ensemble as well.