Jazz Ensembles

Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble

The Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble is the flagship ensemble of the Virginia Tech jazz studies program. The group performs advanced big band literature of the past and present, with particular emphasis on new music by leading composers in the field such as Maria Schneider, Sherisse Rogers, and Vince Mendoza, as well as contributions from emerging artists and student arrangers.

Past honors include the Service Grant Award from Festival Williamsburg, the National Jazz Hall of Fame’s Collegiate Jazz Festival Award and numerous community citations.

Recent guest artists have included John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Gary Versace, Tony Malaby, Alex Norris, Jonathan Kreisberg, Andrew Bishop and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Concerts are presented throughout the year both on and off campus. Open to all students by audition.

  • Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:20-1:10 pm, Squires 162
  • Number of performers: 20

Virginia Tech Jazz Lab Band

The Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble is the flagship ensemble of the Virginia Tech jazz studies program.  The group performs advanced big band literature of the past and present, and frequently commissions new works and arrangements.

Past honors include the Service Grant Award from Festival Williamsburg, the National Jazz Hall of Fame's Collegiate Jazz Festival Award, and numerous communty citations.

Recent guest artists have included John Hollenbeck, Dennis Mackrel, Gary Versace, Tony Malaby, John D'earth, Jonathan Kreisberg, Andrew Bishop and Dr. Lonnie Smith.  Concerts are presented throughout the year both on and off campus.  Open to all students by audition.

  • Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25-2:15 pm, Squires 162
  • Number of performers: 20

Virginia Tech Jazz Workshop

The Virginia Tech Jazz Workshop fields 3-4 small groups every semester. Under the direction of Cyrus Pace ensembles typically consists of a rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass, drums) and one to four horns, providing opportunities for jazz students of all ability levels to develop their performance skills in small group communication and improvisation.

Literature is arranged by each group and often includes original compositions by student members. Jazz Workshop ensembles perform several times a semester at various venues with professional performance opportunities available to advanced groups. Open to all students by audition.

  • Schedule: Monday Evenings TBA
  • Number of performers: 3-8 (in each group)

Auditions for ALL jazz ensembles take place during the first week of classes each semester. Open to all Virginia Tech students. Non-music majors are encouraged to try out, and usually comprise about 50% of the jazz ensembles. Auditions typically consist of a short prepared piece, sight-reading, and improvisation (optional).

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