Ray Smith, Director
Lauded as one of the finest university jazz ensembles in the United States, BYU’s Premier Big Band has been thrilling audiences worldwide since 1971. Incorporating music by well-known artists such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, George Gershwin, as well as pieces written by some of the band’s own members, Synthesis plays a wide variety of jazz, fusion, and rock.
Synthesis tours internationally every two years and domestically on the off years. In performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, the group has met with exceptional success, commanding enthusiastic responses from festival, student, and community gatherings. A past sweepstakes champion of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, Synthesis has participated in the prestigious Montreux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, and the Pori International Jazz Festival in Finland. Synthesis has also been a special guest performer at Tokyo Disneyland and has performed in mainland China.
The group’s tours have spanned nineteen nations and four continents, bringing big band jazz to dozens of sold-out concert halls and jazz festivals. These professional-caliber musicians also perform several times each year on campus.
Mark Ammons, Director
BYU’s Synthesis-in-training group performs locally and regionally and provides a tremendous training situation for up and coming jazz musicians. They also perform on-campus several times a year.
Jazz Lab Band
David Faires, Director
BYU’s evening band is for serious musicians with less time available in their schedules. They perform on-campus twice each year.