The WSU jazz ensemble is an elite group of outstanding musicians selected by audition each fall semester. This 18-piece group performs both traditional and contemporary jazz in all styles from concert jazz to dance music.
The jazz ensemble is one of the most active groups on campus performing several times each year. Many of the concerts feature guest artists from the U.S. and abroad who perform with and clinic the band providing additional instruction opportunities for students.
The WSU jazz ensemble makes frequent appearances at jazz festivals throughout the U.S. and also tours throughout the tri-state region performing at area schools.
For further information about the jazz ensembles at WSU, please contact Dr. R. Richard MacDonald.
Jazz Combos help students learn the art of jazz performance and improvisation in a small ensemble setting. Groups range in size from four to nine pieces, and all instrumentalists are welcome. There is an audition required to participate in the combo program. Students are heard at the beginning of each fall semester and placed into groups of like experience and ability. Each combo performs once each semester, though many groups chose to add additional performances off-campus at various venues.
WSU course number is MUS 239 - offered each semester - may be repeated for credit. This course can be applied toward the University Studies Fine and Performing Arts requirement.
For further information on the jazz combos as WSU, please contact Dr. R. Richard MacDonald.