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.
Auditions are held in the Fall, and as needed to fill vacancies in the Spring. Improvisation or previous jazz experience are not required.
If you have any questions, contact Dr. Pimentel at (662) 846-4608 or firstname.lastname@example.org