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Director: Joseph Ott

Augustana Jazz Ensemble
Rehearsal: T, W, Th 5:30-7pm

There are three scheduled concerts a year in Centennial Hall for the Big Band.  In past years, we have invited jazz luminaries such Tim Hagans, John Carlson, Kathy Kosins, Paul Scea, Brent Sandy, and David Berkman.  We occasionally host special jazz concerts featuring nationally and internationally known musicians including the likes of Conrad Herwig and the Latin Side of Miles Davis, Dave Douglas, David Berkman Quartet, the Oftensemble, Orquestra Alto Maiz, the Oddbar Trio, Jeff Coffin, and many more.

Augustana Jazz Combos

Conductors: Joseph Ott/James Dreier
Rehearsal: W 7-8pm

There are usually no less than two combos each term.  We have a "Jazz Soiree" the final week of each term, featuring all of the jazz combos.

Jazz Minor
Augustana College offers a Jazz Minor.  Required courses include Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Topics in Jazz Styles and Analysis, we well as Jazz Ensemble/Jazz Combo and applied lessons.

Audition Information
Auditions are held each fall for both Jazz Band and Combos in the Bergendoff Fine Arts Building.  Interested students play one audition only for both groups.  There is one audition each year in Fall Term.

What to Prepare
Students should prepare 3-5 minutes of music that will demonstrate ability to improvise and play different jazz styles (this could include blues, rhythm changes, or any jazz standard).  Be prepared to sight read and play scales and arpeggios.  Above all, choose something that you know well and feel comfortable with, no matter what the level of difficulty.  Rhythm section players should be prepared to demonstrate abilities in all styles (swing, latin, funk, jazz, waltz, etc...).

Joseph Ott, Director of Jazz Bands (309) 794.7183