The Jazz Ensemble plays an eclectic selection of old and new big band music in various styles (mostly swing, rock, & Latin). The Jazz Ensemble pays homage to past Big Band greats like Count Basie, Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman and also performs newer music by artists and arrangers such as Chick Corea, Gordon Goodwin, John La Barbera, Billy Byers, Les Hooper, and Don Menza to name a few. The band typically consists of 5 saxophones, 5 trombones, 5 trumpets, and a full rhythm section (Piano, bass, guitar, drums, percussion).
Auditions are held the first rehearsal of the fall semester. Anyone may audition; no sign up needed. Participants in the audition read jazz charts and faculty listen to determine who is qualified to be a part of the ensemble and what the seat placements for the ensemble will be.