student trumpet players perform on stage

The Jazz Ensemble, commonly called Jazz 3, plays six concerts a year. These students work towards developing sectional and improvisational skills in the jazz style. An emphasis is placed on scales, sight-reading, intonation, ensemble playing and improvisation. Many students start their college jazz experience in this ensemble and work their way to the Jazz Lab Ensemble. Jazz 3 is directed by a graduate assistant and Mark Buselli.

Rehearsal Information

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Tuesday and Thursday: 11-11:50 a.m.



Hargreaves Music Building (MU), room 120


Course Numbers

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

Mark Buselli


Mark Buselli
director of jazz studies

Join the Ensemble

Audition Required

Please sign up for an audition time slot posted on the jazz bulletin board outside of room MU117. Each slot runs for 15 minutes.

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

All auditions will be recorded and attended by Mark Buselli, director of jazz studies and the jazz studies faculty. The final listing will be posted late Wednesday evening of the first week of class. Students will have sufficient time before the Friday deadline to complete the drop/add process.