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Jazz Ensembles

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Progressive Jazz Ensemble

In this band students are expected to explore new sounds and concepts in jazz composition. They are often expected to trust their ears more than their eyes when learning music. The result is a higher commitment to expression and execution of the jazz language.

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Traditional Jazz Ensemble

This band focuses on the classic arrangements of legends like Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton. Members of this band will also experience more modern charts covering various styles. Through this process, students learn the methods and techniques of the jazz art form from the proven masters.

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Rehearsal Schedule

The jazz ensembles rehearse Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  Rehearsals = 50 mins.

Progressive Band - 3:30 in the fall / 4:30 in the spring
Traditional Band - 2:30 in the fall / 3:30 in the spring 

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Performance Schedule

Both bands perform 2 concerts per semester with occasional performances off campus.

OU Jazz concerts are included in the School of Music’s Sutton Series having a theme and/or guest artist. Past guests include Fred Sturm, Paul Hanson, Roger Fox, and Ron McCurdy.

Concerts off campus include public school performances, community events, and jazz festivals.

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