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Male student playing trumpet in ASU Concert Jazz Band

Concert Jazz Band

The Concert Jazz Band in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music is the premier large ensemble of the Jazz Studies program in which students study and perform music from the classic big band repertoire, as well as commissioned works, student compositions and recent works by contemporary jazz composers. Recent guests artists appearing with the Concert Jazz Band include Eric Alexander, Jerry Bergonzi, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Mintzer, Dick Oatts, Eric Schneider, Joel Spencer, and Scott Wendholt.


Course Credit: 

Undergraduates: MUP 486 Topic: Concert Jazz Band
Graduates: MUP 586 Topic: Concert Jazz Band
1 credit



Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Music W114



Audition Information

Audition Information: 

All students (including non–music majors) are welcome to audition for jazz ensembles and combos. However, only those who pass an ensemble placement audition are allowed to add the ensemble to their class schedule.

Auditions for all jazz ensembles and combos will be held during the first week of classes. Once you have been placed in an ensemble, we will get you an override to add the class or ensemble.

Audition Dates
Woodwinds and Brass: Friday, August 23 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and  Monday, August 26, 2019 (12 p.m.. - 5 p.m).
Audition material: Sight Reading, Prepared Jazz Excerpt (optional), Improvisation (optional)

Rhythm Section: Thursday, August 22, 2019 (5 - 7 p.m.)
The jazz faculty will audition bassists, pianists, guitarists and drummers individually and in groups.
Audition material: Sight Reading, Prepared Jazz Excerpt (optional), Improvisation (optional)

Schedule an Audition: Sign up for an audition time (10 minutes) on the schedules posted outside Music W114.

All auditions are held in Music W114.

Ensemble Meeting Times
Combos: 3:05 - 4:45 p.m., Wednesday and Friday
Concert Jazz Band: 3:15 - 4:45 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday
Jazz Repertory Band: 1:15 - 2:45 p.m., Monday and Wednesday
Latin Jazz Band: 3:05 - 4:45 p.m., Monday

Audition Requirements: 
  • sight reading
  • scales
  • prepared jazz excerpt (optional)
  • improvisation (optional)