Course Descriptions: Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo

Jazz Ensemble (by audition)

This select ensemble is one of the most popular concert groups on the campus.  The twenty piece ensemble in big band instrumentation studies and performs the music of the foremost big band composers, past and present.  Students must audition for placement in the Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz Combo (by audition)

The jazz combo is a select group of 4-8 musicians who rehearse twice weekly.  Auditions for the Jazz Combo occur in conjunction with the Jazz Ensemble auditions. During the course of the year the students involved in the combo work to improve their understanding of various styles of small group jazz and consistent growth as creative improvisers will be expected.  The jazz combo performs on all of the concerts with the large jazz ensemble.  The students in the jazz combo are excused from orchestra or band rehearsal during the Second period on Tuesdays and Fridays in order to rehearse at that time.  All members of the jazz combo are encouraged to enroll in the Tuesday - Friday section of Jazz Improvisation, and it is highly recommended that they also enroll in the Jazz History course.


Bill Sears

Director of Jazz Studies, Instructor of Saxophone, Interlochen Center for the Arts