Tarleton State Bands
There are two Jazz Ensembles at Tarleton, both directed by Greg Ball Jazz Ensemble I is the premier jazz group on campus and plays music from Ellington and Basie to Schneider and Mintzer. The goal is to perform a wide variety of styles at the professional level. Under Mr. Ball’s direction the band has traveled to England, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Kansas. Performances include the Bull’s Head Pub (London), Busker Brown’s (Galway), the Reduta Jazz Club (Prague), the Vienna Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Wichita Jazz Festival. The band has also recorded two CD’s, Big Bad Band and Whisper Not.
Jazz Ensemble II was created to give those students developing their jazz skills an opportunity to perform. The ensemble also gives beginning jazz students the opportunity to learn jazz. The music ranges from educational to professional level charts. Many students join the band on a secondary instrument and it is more geared towards music education majors who would like to receive experience rehearsing the band.
2012-2013 Concert Season
Thursday, October 4 7:30pm Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium
The Great American Songbook
Student vocalists singing with the bands!
Sunday, October 28 2:00pm Langdon Center Lawn, Granbury
Jazz on the Green
Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of great jazz.
Thursday, November 29 7:30pm Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theater
Jazz in the 21st Century
Jazz Ensembles I & II play music written in the last 12 years
Thursday, February 21 7:30pm Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium
A Tribute to Stan Kenton
Jazz Ensembles I & II play the music of the Kenton Band thorught he years.
Saturday, March 23 7:30pm Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium
Tarleton Jazz Festival Concert
Featuring Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band
Monday, April 25 7:30pm Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium
Swing Into Spring
End of the year with Jazz Ensembles I & II