Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Clickard, The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of musicians utilizing the now standard instrumentation of five saxes, five trumpets, five trombones, and rhythm section.
The ensemble plays music which spans from the 1930s to the present from many of the great bands in jazz. It's emphasis is on the post-swing modern jazz era. This includes works from many of jazz's greatest composers. The ensemble has performed with many of jazz’s greatest performers, including: Dave Liebman, The New York Voices, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin and T.S. Monk.
The band has just finished its European Tour, which included performances at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.
The University Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned group. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.