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The ISU Jazz Ensemble is selected by audition from the Indiana State University student body, and is open to music majors and non-majors. The ensemble performs a full range of styles from the best jazz charts of traditional swing to be-bop and fusion. Each year this ensemble plays several concerts both on and off campus. In recent years the group has presented concerts in Hobart, Indianapolis, Columbus, Princeton, Peru, New Castle, Jeffersonville, Evansville, and Jasper. The Jazz Ensemble has joined forces with nationally recognized Public Service Indiana's Powerful Performances program to present jazz concerts in many Indiana cities and towns.
In conjunction with the ISU chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the band annually hosts a major jazz festival each February. Performances with guest artists are a regular feature of the ISU Jazz Ensemble. The band has performed with artists such as J.J. Johnson, James Moody, Art Pepper, Bobby Shew, Clark Terry, Gary Burton, Jamey Aebersold, and Randy Purcell. Most recently, the band has performed with Jiggs Whigham, John von Ohlen, Pat Harbison, Mike Tracy, and Tony Sweet.
- Director: Jay Ellsmore
- Rehearsal Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays: 3:00pm to 4:00pm
- Rehearsal Location: CRH (Landini Performing Arts, 159)
Jazz Ensemble Auditions 2022
Auditions for membership in the ISU Jazz Ensemble take place the weekend before the first week of classes. Repertoire for auditions can be found here: Jazz Ensemble Audition Material