Jazz Ensemble

2014 audition information

  • Auditions are held in the Fall, and as needed to fill vacancies in the Spring. All participants must audition. Improvisation or previous jazz experience are not required.
  • Auditions will be held during rehearsal time on the first day of classes, Monday, August 18, from 2:00 – 2:50 in the Band Room (Zeigel 150). Auditions will continue on Wednesday and Friday only if needed to fill remaining vacancies—this is a change from last year.
  • Saxophonists should audition on whichever saxophone (alto/tenor/baritone) they own and are most comfortable with; parts will be assigned.
  • Trumpet and trombone players may choose to prepare either the “high” or the “low” part, whichever best suits their range. Parts will be assigned.
  • All instruments other than drums may optionally prepare the improvisation portion. Improvisation is not required for participation in the band.
  • The “Times Square” recording may be used for reference in practicing the prepared piece. Measure 91 is at about 2:50 on the recording.

Audition materials

For all instrumentalists:

For individual instruments:

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Pimentel at (662) 846-4608 or bpimentel@deltastate.edu

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.