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RIT Jazz Ensemble


This ensemble consists of trumpets, trombones, saxes, piano, drums, bass, and guitar. The repertoire typically includes traditional big band music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Woody Herman, as well as contemporary music of such groups as Spyro Gyra. Music by local composers, such as Matt Harris, are also performed.

Audition Information: 

Jazz Ensemble auditions are typically held the first week of classes during the first two scheduled rehearsals (Tuesday at 5:00 PM and Wednesday at 6:30 PM) in SAU 04-A130. There will be a brief informational discussion with some playing together as an ensemble to start the session each day, and the Director will then meet individually with each student interested in joining the ensemble. Auditions will continue on the Wednesday following for students who are unable to attend Tuesday's session. Please contact the Director, Herb Smith ( for more information. No preparation required. 

Recently Performed Works: 

Below is a select list of works that have been recently performed by the RIT Jazz Ensembles:

  • Jump Jive and Wail - Louis Prima
  • David Berger - Business As Usual
  • Carvan - Ellington, Mills and Tizol
  • Flip Top - Mike Barone
  • Donna Lee - Parker and Davis
  • Birdland - Josef Zawinul
  • That Warm Feeling - Sammy Nestico
  • Honk - Jeff Jarvis
Ensemble Rehearsals: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays; 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM; SAU A130 (Jazz Ensemble) Wednesdays; 6:30 PM to 10:10 PM; SAU A130 (Jazz Lab Ensemble)

Ensemble Membership: 

Contact the director, Herb Smith, for audition information.

Ensemble Credit: 

Students can register for this 1 credit course.

Ensemble Website: 

RIT Jazz Ensemble Concerts

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 7:00pm