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Jazz Ensembles

Synthesis (Big Band)

Meets Monday/Wednesday 3:00 - 4:50pm

Jazz Ensemble (Big Band)

Meets Tuesday/Thursday 5:00 – 6:50pm

Jazz Lab Band (Big Band)

Meets Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:50pm

Jazz Legacy Band

Pre-bebop / traditional and early eras of jazz – meets Monday/Wednesday 12:00 – 12:50pm

Jazz Voices

Vocal Jazz Ensemble Meets Tuesday/Thursday 12:00 - 1:50pm

Jazz and Commercial Music Combos

(TBD - combos are newly formed each semester and meet at times determined by participants’ availability and experience level)

Updated for Winter 2024

All Jazz Big Bands (Synthesis, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Lab Band), Jazz Voices, and the Jazz Legacy Band will be continuing during the Winter 2024 semester as formed in the Fall 2023 semester. If there are any holes that need to be filled, auditions will be by invitation from the big band directors and/or the studio teachers.

Jazz Combo Auditions

If you were in a combo during the Fall 2023 semester, you merely need to fill out the audition form by Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 12:00 noon (for full consideration). If you were NOT in a combo during the Fall 2023 semester, then you need to fill out the audition form and complete an audition. Contact Dr. Bromley if you have questions (

Audition Form -

When and Where - Auditions will be held on Monday, January 8, 2024 (with a few overflow spots on Tuesday, January 9, 2024) in 1067. A link is provided at the end of the audition form to sign up for an audition time with Dr. Bromley.

Audition Materials -
  • All Instrumentalists will play the melody (except for bassist/tubist who will alternatively “walk” a bass line and drummers who will alternatively play a swing groove) and then improvise a solo for two choruses on the jazz standard “Four” by Miles Davis, in the standard key of concert Eb major, with a 175 BPM. A backing track will be provided. Pianists, Guitarists, Vibraphonists, Harpists, and the like will additionally be asked to comp the chords one time through the changes. Bassist can opt out of doing an improvised solo if they prefer.
  • All Vocalists will sing the jazz standard “All the Things You Are” by Jerome Kern at a 150 BPM, one time through the 36 bar form. You may choose the key that works best for your vocal range. A backing track will be provided to sing with. If desired, you may additionally scat an improvised solo over the chord changes, one time through the 36 bar form.