Concert Jazz Band
The flagship ensemble of the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Missouri. The group has been featured on stage with the finest jazz musicians in the world, including artists such as Benny Golson, Bobby Shew, Rufus Reid, Bob Mintzer, Terell Stafford, Eric Person, John Fedchock, Mike Mainieri, Dave Pietro, Randy Brecker, Lynne Arriale, Andy Narell, Matt Wilson, and Maria Schneider. The band has been invited to perform on prestigious collegiate jazz festivals, including Wichita, Elmhurst, Norte Dame, and Addison/North Texas. These performances have resulted in several Outstanding Ensemble and Outstanding Soloist awards. The band was selected to perform on the Missouri Music Educators Association state convention in 2003 and 2008. The group performs the finest in classic and contemporary jazz, and is committed to the creation and performance of new and original compositions and arrangements.
Studio Jazz Band
This Band features young, talented musicians in the MU Jazz Studies program, and forms its own identity as a featured ensemble in the program. The group performs a challenging repertoire, emphasizing a mix of classic and contemporary material, with a strong pedagogical focus. The band is often featured in concert with many great regional and national performers, including Tom Andes, Allen Beeson, Phil Wilson, Ron Miles, Plas Johnson, Mike Steinel, Jamey Aebersold, and others. The band performs in masterclass with visiting clinicians as well. The band performs regularly on and off campus, averaging 4-6 concerts per year.
The Jazz Studies Program at MU averages 8-10 jazz combos, consisting of 5-7 members. It is in these combos that members learn to work within the small group dynamic, while learning and memorizing repertoire. Students have the opportunity to perform at university and local functions, giving them a professional working experience. Student compositions and arrangements are encouraged and performed in a creative atmosphere. A strong emphasis on improvisation is the priority of each group. Combos are coached by MU Jazz faculty and TAs alike in weekly arranged rehearsal times, and participate in a weekly combo masterclass.
Audition Information for all Jazz Ensembles
- Prepared Etude (optional for big band - available here https://music.missouri.edu/ensemble/jazz)
- Prepared etudes can be used to help determine chair and/or band placement. They are encouraged but not a required part of the audition process.
- Sight-reading (big band only)
- Improvisation (required for combo, optional for big band)
- Players select a tune of their choice. Performers newer to improvisation are encouraged to improvise over a blues. More advanced improvisers are encouraged to select a more challenging tune.
- Various grooves at a variety of tempos (swing, shuffle, bossa nova, funk, ballad with brushes, etc.)
- Soloing (optional – if demonstrating solo ability be prepared to solo over the form of a song, as well trade 4 or 8 bar phrases)
- Two pieces, memorized (one medium-up tempo swing, 32 bars maximum; one ballad, 16 bars maximum)
- Improvisation is optional.
- If you have selected a tune that falls outside the Great American Songbook, please have your own accompaniment prepared.
MU-Rock Bridge Jazz Festival
The MU-Rock Bridge Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Rock Bridge High School. All bands will receive a rating and recorded comments from a panel of judges. You may also choose to participate in a clinic and sight-reading session. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2018.
Please submit payment via check, payable to: University of Missouri
MU/RB Jazz Festival
202 Loeb Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
To register, please submit your application here.