The All-University Jazz Orchestra 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. Current membership includes students from all parts of the department and University, including performance and composition majors.
Auditions will be held the first day of rehearsal, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7-9pm (Location TBD). Please bring your instrument and show up ready to play.
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.
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. With Professor Sanabria, the ensemble seeks to perform music ranging from the origins of the Latin jazz community, from Big Band to music written by modern composers, performers, and students of the ensemble as well.