students performing saxophone on stage

Jazz Ensemble 2 maintains an active rehearsal and performance schedule throughout the year. This ensemble focuses on a wide range of classic big band literature and musical styles with an emphasis on mastering the basics of jazz performance: dynamics, articulation, and performance style. Jazz 2 students will also sight read, as well as learn and discuss best practices in large jazz ensemble rehearsal and performance.

Rehearsal Information

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  • Tuesday—11 – 11:50 a.m.
  • Wednesday—6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday—11 – 11:50 a.m.



Hargreaves Music Building (MU), room 117 – Jazz Room


Course Numbers

  • MUSC 141, section 1B (0 credit – undergraduate)
  • MUSC 341, section 1B (1 credit – undergraduate)

Freddie Mendoza performing trombone during a recital


Freddie Mendoza
assistant music professor of jazz trombone

Join the Ensemble

Audition Required

**Please note that all Fall 2021 auditions will take place via Zoom with all jazz faculty present. Please email graduate assistant Aron Callard to set up your audition time.**

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – saxophones
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 – brass
  • Friday, August 20, 2021 – rhythm section

A Zoom link will be sent the night before your scheduled audition. Please be in the waiting room 5 minutes before your audition. Please have a backing track with a speaker so we can hear you play something that you have prepared like a jazz standard, jazz transcription, etc. Sight reading will be emailed to you during the audition.

Here are the requirements for your ensemble audition:

  • Prepare something that you have been working on or have performed in the past. It could be a tune, a transcribed solo, or a piece of music in a jazz setting.
  • All major scales
  • Improvise over a B-flat blues
  • Sight read