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.
No performances currently scheduled. Please visit the RIT Events Calendar for a full listing of performing arts concerts and events.
Spring 2023 Audition Information
RIT has several jazz ensembles with rehearsals taking place on different nights of the week (typically Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays). If you are interested in playing in an RIT jazz ensemble during the spring semester please email Karl Stabnau directly email@example.com to set up an audition time.
The audition will consist of:
- Major scale(s)
- Sight reading a section of a big band chart
*Guitar/piano/bass should be prepared to read chord changes and written notes
*Drummers should be prepared to demonstrate different grooves ie. swing, bossa nova, rock, etc…*OPTIONAL* soloing over a concert Bb or F blues (not required)
*OPTIONAL* prepared piece of your choice (not required)
About RIT Jazz
RIT jazz ensembles provide opportunities for students who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, and drums to perform in a jazz big band setting. The ensembles emphasize jazz articulation and phrasing, rhythm and groove, and playing as part of a section. Students can also learn concepts of jazz improvisation although it is not a requirement for playing in an ensemble. Repertoire for RIT jazz ensembles include traditional music from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Thad Jones as well as newer contemporary pieces from various composers.
Students can register for this 1 credit course.