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Jazz Ensembles

Tarleton Jazz I is the premiere jazz performing ensemble at Tarleton State and the foundation of the Tarleton Jazz program. This ensemble performs on and off campus for concerts and events. In addition, Tarleton Jazz I has been played and been featured at many jazz festivals including Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Vienna Jazz Festival, Wichita Jazz Festival, and the Fiesta Jazz Festival. In addition, this ensemble has toured England, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, and Hawaii. Tarleton Jazz I has recorded 2 CDs, Big Bad Band and Whisper Not. This ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Andrew Stonerock.

Jazz Ensemble II was created to serve as a training ground for Tarleton Jazz I. and give beginning jazz students the opportunity to learn jazz. The music ranges from educational to professional level charts, with some students joining the band on a secondary instrument. In general, it is more geared towards music education majors who would like to receive experience in learning how to rehearse a jazz ensemble. Jazz Ensemble II is under the direction of Mr. Tom Burchill.

Jazz combos are offered every semester. These are designed for the more advanced jazz student and has a focus on learning tunes from the jazz repertoire, composing/arranging, and improvisational techniques. Jazz combos are not a set instrumentation, but rather selected by skill level of the student musicians. 

Participation in these any of the Tarleton Jazz program ensembles is through an audition process. For more information, please email Dr. Andrew Stonerock.