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.
2013-2014 Concert Season
Thursday, October 3 7:30pm Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium
The Great American Songbook
Student vocalists singing with the bands!
Sunday, October 20 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 21 7:30pm Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium
Solos and Features
Jazz Ensembles I & II play music featuring soloists and sections in the band
Thursday, February 20 7:30pm Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theater
A Tribute to Thad Jones and Mel Lewis
Jazz Ensembles I & II play the music of 48 years of Monday nights at the Village Vanguard.
Saturday, March 22 7:30pm Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium
Tarleton Jazz Festival Concert
Featuring Jon Faddis, legendary jazz trumpet virtuoso
Tuesday, April 15 7:30pm Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium
New York Tour Preview Concert
Music from the New York City tour with the Tarleton Wind Ensemble
Monday, April 28
Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble II
End of the season concert for Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble II