Students perform professional-level jazz music in a variety of styles. Our ensembles are open to non-music majors as well as music majors and community members by audition.
Auditions for all jazz ensembles will be on Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Dr. Doug Leibinger, Director of Jazz Studies
Course Information: MUS 390 Jazz Orchestra, 1 unit of credit
Meeding Dates: Wednesdays 6:00-8:40 PM GMC 1029
Description: Directed by Doug Leibinger, the SSU Jazz Orchestra is a 17-20 piece ensemble based on traditional big band instrumentation. Their repertoire includes large ensemble music from the 1920s through the present day. Concerts often feature guest artists.
2021-22 Concert Dates (all at 7:30 PM in Weill Hall):
Friday, October 15, 2021
Friday, December 3, 2021
Friday, March 4, 2022
Friday, May 13, 2022
Other dates TBA
Kendrick Freeman, Director of SSU Latin Band
Course Information: MUS 379 Latin Band GMC 1029
Meeting Dates: Thursdays 1:00-3:40 PM
Description: Directed by Kendrick Freeman, the SSU Latin Band is a 5-12 piece ensemble with flexible instrumentation that performs music of the Caribbean and South America, with an emphasis on Latin Jazz and Haitian Folkloric Music.
2021-2022 Concert Dates (all 7:30 PM):
Friday, October 8 - Schroeder Hall
Thursday, December 2 - Schroeder Hall
Thursday, March 3 - Schroeder Hall
Friday, May 13 - Weill Hall
Ian Carey, Jazz Trumpet Instructor and Director of SSU Jazz Combos
Course Information: MUS 391 Jazz Combos GMC 1029
Meeting Dates: Mondays 1:00-3:40 PM
Description: Directed by Ian Carey, SSU Jazz Combos are "themed" small groups of 3-10 students - some of the themes have included "Blue Note Ensemble;" "Funk/Fusion Ensemble;" "Hard Bop Ensemble:" "Student Jazz Composers Ensemble" etc. Emphasis is on improvisation and repertoire development.
2021-2022 Concert Dates (all 7:30 PM in Schroeder Hall):
Friday, October 8
Thursday, December 2
Thursday, March 3
Tuesday, May 3