Department of Music

Jazz Ensemble

Fall 2018 audition information

Auditions will be held during the first class meeting.  Please contact Dr. Pimentel at

All instrumentalists:

Audition material coming soon


Audition material coming soon.


Audition material coming soon.


Audition material coming soon.


Audition material coming soon.


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The DSU Jazz Ensemble is a “big band” made up of music majors and non-music majors selected by competitive audition. The band is known in the community for its annual Big Band Bash fundraiser, an evening of dining, dancing, and classic Swing Era music.

Big band jazz is characterized by tightly coordinated, high-energy playing from a large horn section made up of trumpets, trombones, and saxophones, working in partnership with a powerful, driving rhythm section of keyboards, bass, and drums. Individual group members often perform solos that are “improvised”—composed spontaneously in live performance.

The DSU Jazz Ensemble’s repertoire includes favorites from the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 1940’s as well as more contemporary jazz styles from the 1950’s to the present.