Jazz at Winona State University

Jazz is an inclusive art form that opens doors for creativity in a variety of disciplines. As one of the few truly American artistic traditions, jazz transcends boundaries of culture, race and economics to form a bond of commonality with participants as well as enthusiasts. WSU seeks to provide an outlet for jazz musicians of all levels to experience the art of improvisation. This arts process expands students’ ability to adapt to circumstances in all walks of life.

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Information for Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos Fall auditions is now available. Be sure to download the information page and the audition material for your instrument.
2014 Audition information
Alto Sax Audition Material
Tenor Sax Audition Material
Bari Sax Audition Material
Trombone 1 Audition Material
Trombone 2 Audition Material
Trombone 4 Audition Material
Trumpet 1 Audition Material
Trumpet 2 Audition Material
Trumpet 4 Audition Material
Piano Audition Material
Bass Audition Material
Drums Audition Material
Guitar Audition Material

Mark Your Calendar.....Fall Ed's Dates

The dates have been set for the jazz nights at Ed's for fall, 2014. They will take place on Thursdays from 8-11 pm.
September 11
October 9
November 6
December 11
Also, we are presenting the first of what we hope will be an annual Honor Jazz Band Festival Pro-Jam. This event will take place Sunday, November 16th, at Ed's No-Name Bar on the corner of 3rd and Franklin Streets, from 6 to 9pm. The Pro-Jam will feature the following artists:Dave Hagedorn, vibist from the twin cities area; Brad Dutz, percussionist from Los Angeles; Chris Wabich, steel pan and drumset artist from Los Angeles; Gerald Stockton, bassist and composer/arranger from Orlando, FL (guest artist for the High School Honor Jazz Festival, November 14-15); Rich MacDonald, drums; and members of the WSU Faculty Jazz Sextet. Admission is free and free will donations for Friends of Jazz will be accepted.

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