Concert Jazz Band

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.

Rehearsals are 2:00-2:50pm, MWF in 201 Loeb Hall

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.

Rehearsals are 3:00-3:50pm, MWF in 201 Loeb Hall

Jazz Combos

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.

Creative Improvisation Ensemble

This is the newest group under the umbrella of the Jazz Studies Program at MU. The group approaches improvisation through a trans-stylistic, cross-idiomatic methodology; the group is influenced by a wide array of creative artists encompassing the worlds of jazz, rock, modern art music, electronic, noise, and other creative outlets. The resulting sound palates celebrate individual diversity and influence while dissolving boundaries of personal and cultural differences, unifying each individual experience into a synergetic whole, and codified by soundpainting and other compositional techniques. The group is equally comfortable performing in clubs and concert halls alike. The group was the only ensemble from any university to be invited to perform on the 2010 conference for the International Society for Improvised Music, and was the first university group to be invited to perform in the group's history.

Conductor:  Dr. Rich Pellegrin

Audition Information for all Jazz Ensembles


  • Prepared Etude (Etudes can be found under the PDF Documents tab on the right-hand side of this page)
  • Sight-reading
  • Improvisation
  • Players must select one blues tune and one standard of their choice. The tunes must be performed from memory. Bassists must walk or play an appropriate line for two choruses on each, and improvise a solo. Please provide your own accompaniment.


  • Various grooves at a variety of tempos (swing, shuffle, bossa nova, funk, ballad with brushes, etc.)
  • Prepared Etude (Etudes can be found under the PDF Documents tab on the right-hand side of this page)
  • Sight-reading
  • Soloing


  • Two pieces, memorized (one medium-up tempo swing, 32 bars maximum; one ballad, 16 bars maximum)
  • Optional improvisation on tunes selected       
  • Provide your own accompaniment

MU-Rock Bridge Jazz Festival

The MU-Rock Bridge Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Rock Bridge High School. Registration is now open, so sign up your jazz ensemble today! Final entry deadline is January 6th, 2017. 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. 

Entry Fees
$200 for 1st group
$150 for each additional group

To register, please submit your application here.

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Audition Information

Jazz Audition Schedule:

Thursday, August 17
3:00-9:00 p.m.
Rhythm Section
(Loeb 112)

Friday, August 18
3:00-9:00 p.m.
Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Vocals
(Loeb 112)

Click Here to sign-up for an audition.