Jazz Ensembles


Congratulations to all who auditioned for the 2021-2022 MU Jazz Program! Please view the Spring 2022 Jazz Ensemble Rosters and carefully follow instructions for first rehearsals and course enrollment. 

Saturday, February 19, 2022

There is no charge for family and friends to attend the performance portion of the festival in the Sinquefield Music Center (1101 University Avenue). Passenger vehicle parking is free in the Hitt Street Garage, located just to the west of the Sinquefield Music Center. Metered street parking along Hitt and University Streets is enforced until 6 PM. 


8:30am - Jefferson City Jazz Ensemble (Sheryl Crow Music Hall - SMC 132)

9:00am - Rock Bridge Jazz Ensemble (SMC 130)

9:30am - Martin City Middle Jazz Ensemble (Sheryl Crow Music Hall - SMC 132)

10:00am - Capital City Jazz Ensemble (SMC 130)

10:30am - Battle High School Jazz Band (Sheryl Crow Music Hall - SMC 132)

11:00am - Platte County Jazz Ensemble (SMC 130)

11:30am - Grandview Middle School Jazz Ensemble (Sheryl Crow Music Hall - SMC 132)

12:00pm - Chillicothe High School Jazz Ensemble (SMC 130)

12:30pm - Belton Middle School Jazz Ensemble (Sheryl Crow Music Hall - SMC 132)

1:00pm - Eldon High School Jazz Band (SMC 130)

1:30pm - Mascoutah Jazz Combo (Sheryl Crow Music Hall - SMC 132)

2:00pm - Belton High School Varsity Jazz Ensemble (SMC 130)

2:30pm - Grandview High School Jazz Ensemble II (Sheryl Crow Music Hall - SMC 132)

3:00pm - Hickman Jazz Ensemble I (SMC 130)

3:30pm - Mascoutah Jazz Band 2 (Sheryl Crow Music Hall - SMC 132)

4:00pm - Grandview High School Jazz Orchestra (SMC 130)

4:30pm - Belton High School JV Jazz Ensemble (Sheryl Crow Music Hall - SMC 132)

5:00pm - Mascoutah Concert Jazz Ensemble (SMC 130)

5:30pm - Hickman Jazz Lab Band II (Sheryl Crow Music Hall - SMC 132)


The final evening concert will take place at 7 PM in the Missouri Theatre (203 S. 9th Street) and is open and free to the public. This event-culminating concert will feature the MU Concert Jazz Band and the Jazz Fest Command Performance Winner (to be announced at 6 PM). The Missouri Theatre is located within walking distance from the Sinquefield Music Center. 

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.

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. 

Rehearsal times are determined by student availability. 

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 in weekly arranged rehearsal times. 

Jazz Ensembles Faculty

Assistant Teaching Professor, Jazz
306 Sinquefield Music Center
Affiliate Faculty, Instructor of Philosophy, Honors College Faculty
431 Strickland Hall