The jazz combos at Winona State University allow students to pursue jazz education in a more intimate setting. Combos focus on improvisation and creating arrangements from lead sheets. Led by Larry Price and Rich MacDonald, these groups feature a wide variety of music, much of it transcribed and arranged by students. After a semester of once-a-week rehearsals, all of the combos hold a gig in the laid-back Art Tye Lounge in the student commons area. Along with this concert, which is free and open to the public, combos are often called upon to play at various venues in Winona and the surrounding area.