students performing jazz on stage with conductor

The Jazz Lab Ensemble is the flagship of the program and enjoys the reputation of being one of the best collegiate bands in the country. The band rehearses five hours per week and tours throughout the United States and Europe.

The band has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland (2017), toured Poland, Prague and Berlin (2014), as well as China in 2012. Jazz 1 has received numerous awards from over 20 appearances at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago, the Kansas City Jazz Fest, and the National Collegiate Jazz Fest in Mobile, Alabama.

Students will be challenged on a number of different levels from sight-reading to preparing music sent by the guest artists.

The jazz program brings in four national and international guest artists per year to perform with the band. Some past guests have included Buddy DeFranco, Ingrid Jensen, John Fedchock, Byron Stripling, Fareed Haque, Mike Clark, Allen Vizzutti, Wycliffe Gorden, Dena DeRose, and Bobby Watson.

Rehearsal Information

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  • Monday: 11-11:50 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 11-11:50 a.m.



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


Course Numbers

  • MUSC 141, section 1A (0 credit – undergraduate)
  • MUSC 341, section 1A (1 credit – undergraduate)
  • MUSC 540, section 1D (1 credit – graduate)

Mark Buselli


Mark Buselli
director of jazz studies

Join the Ensemble

Audition Required

**Please note that all Fall 2020 auditions will take place via Zoom with all jazz faculty present. Please email new graduate assistant Aron Callard ( to set up your audition time.**

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 – saxophones
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 – brass
  • Friday, August 21, 2020 – 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