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Jazz Combos

Jazz Combo participation, the core of the Jazz Studies curriculum, provides an opportunity for students to develop improvisational skills in a variety of styles including bebop, fusion and avant-garde, while offering a creative outlet for composers and arrangers. 


Course Credit: 

Undergraduates: MUP 479 Topic: Jazz Combo
Graduates: MUP 579 Topic: Jazz Combo
1 credit



Mondays and Wednesdays 3:05 - 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)