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As a member of one of our two jazz ensembles, you'll gain big band experience and perform in a small group setting with an emphasis on improvisation. You'll also have the opportunity to perform with some of the top artists in the country. Past jazz soloists and clinicians include:

  • Bobby Shew
  • Chris Vadala
  • Allen Vizutti
  • Jim Pugh
  • Willie Thomas
  • Buddy Baker
  • Dave Samuel

Both ensembles perform on-campus concerts each term and tour off-campus within the state and region. Our students have performed at some of the nation's top collegiate jazz festivals, including the University of Northern Colorado-Greeley Jazz Festival and the Wichita Jazz Festival.


Membership is open to students by audition during the first week of the fall term. Courses on jazz improvisation are also offered to students.

For questions or more information contact:

Name Department & Office Contact
Christopher Kocher
  • Professor, Saxophone/Jazz
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 149

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