ISU Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is Indiana State University's exciting 20-member big band. Ensemble members are selected from the ISU student body by audition. Both music majors and non majors perform in the band.

The ensemble performs a full range of styles from the best jazz charts of traditional swing to be-bop and fusion. Each year this ensemble plays several concerts both on and off campus. In recent years the group has presented concerts in Hobart, Indianapolis, Columbus, Princeton, Peru, New Castle, Jeffersonville, Evansville, and Jasper. The Jazz Ensemble has joined forces with nationally recognized Public Service Indiana's Powerful Performances program to present jazz concerts in many Indiana cities and towns. In conjunction with the ISU chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the band annually hosts a major jazz festival each February.

Performances with guest jazz artists are a regular feature of the ISU Jazz Ensemble. The band has been critiqued by and performed with artists such as J.J. Johnson, James Moody, Art Pepper, Bobby Shew, Clark Terry, Gary Burton, Jamey Aebersold, and Randy Purcell. Most recently, the band has performed with Jiggs Whigham, John von Ohlen, Pat Harbison, Mike Tracy, and Tony Sweet. In April of 1991, jazz trombone legend J.J. Johnson premiered four of his compositions for Big Band Plus with the ISU Jazz Ensemble.