Jazz

Research and Development Jazz Band

Register for: FA2430
Audition: None required-Open to all

 

Affectionately known as the R&D Band, this ensemble's main focus is to provide students with an opportunity to learn and develop the basic skills of jazz performance and improvisation in a large ensemble environment. Admission into this ensemble is open to all students, many of whom have played little or no jazz in the past. Others use the R&D Band as an ensemble where they can keep their jazz skills sharp while waiting to audition for an opening in the Jazz Lab Band. All styles of jazz, Latin-jazz, rock, funk, and ballads are explored by the R&D Band in addition to healthy doses of jazz improvisation. The band struts its stuff in campus concerts every semester, and, in April of each year, does a concert tour of local public schools.


Jaztec Jazz Combo

Register for: FA4420 (combos are the same class)
Audition: Required as openings become available

 

JAZTEC is a dynamic 7-piece jazz combo that specializes in contemporary jazz, funk, and original styles. The instrumentation of 3 horns, and rhythm section allows each member ample opportunity to explore jazz improvisation and composition, and to develop an individual style.

In addition to frequent campus concerts, this combo often performs in local clubs, at jazz festivals, records CDs, and tours with the Jazz Lab Band each year. They have been selected as the Outstanding Jazz Combo at the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival on three occasions and twice at the Aquinas College Jazz Festival. JAZTEC's first CD, "Watch Your Step," came out in 1998. Admission is by audition when openings occur.


Momentum Jazz Combo

Register for: FA4420 (combos are the same class)
Audition: Required as openings become available

 

MOMENTUM is a dynamic blend of horns, vocal and rhythm section that regularly competes in jazz festivals and has an active performance schedule.

In addition to frequent campus concerts, these combos often perform in local clubs, at jazz festivals, records CD's, and tours with the Jazz Lab Band each year. They have been selected as the Outstanding Jazz Combo at the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Festival on three occasions and twice at the Aquinas College Jazz Festival. Admission is by audition when openings occur.


Jazz Lab Band

Register for: FA3430
Audition: Required

 

The award-winning Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Mike Irish, is made up of 20 musicians from throughout the country, and features a broad repertoire of music ranging from the Big Band Era to today's contemporary sounds and original compositions. The Jazz Lab Band is the more experienced of the two jazz bands and performs concerts, as well as, at dances, jazz festivals, and tours. Jazz Lab Band have even been to Jamaica. Memberships is by audition.