Texas Tech University

School of Music

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz I

Jazz I Ensemble

You do not need to be a music major to join an ensemble.

The premier ensemble in the Jazz Program,  this ensemble is a traditional ‘big band' and performs a variety of classic, modern, and original literature. In addition to on-campus performances, Jazz Ensemble I tours regularly and has performed at major collegiate jazz festivals around the country.

Recent guest artists featured with the ensemble include Tom Harrell, Jaleel Shaw, Allen Vizzutti, Steve Houghton, Bill Watrous, Ingrid Jensen, Rich Perry, Geoffrey Keezer, Jon Riley, Conrad Herwig, Dick Oatts, Wayne Bergeron, and many others. This ensemble may be counted toward the major ensemble requirement for undergraduate students TWICE during their four-year degree. It meets ALL major ensemble requirements for graduate students.

audition Information

Anyone wishing to participate in a jazz ensemble or jazz combo must audition. We also ask that anyone who wishes to take applied jazz improvisation lessons who has not done so before also audition.

Auditions will be held on August 25 and 26. Brass will audition with Dr. Whalen, Saxophones will audition with Prof. Jones, and rhythm section will audition with Dr. Haugland, each in their respective offices. Sign up sheets will be on the professors’ office doors.

Prepared Excerpt

Auditions will consist of a prepared excerpt, sight reading, and optional improvisation. Prepared excerpts and practice track for improvisation can in the following:

Alto Sax

Bari Sax

Bass Trombone


Drum Set

Improv Track


Tenor Sax

Tenor Trombone


Feel free to email Prof. Jones, Director of Jazz Studies, with questions.

Stephen Jones


Contact the Director

Stephen Jones
Director of Jazz Studies
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies

jazz Faculty

Dr. Ben Haughland

Dr. Ben Haughland
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies

Dr. Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones
Director of Jazz Studies
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies

Dr. Kevin Whalen

Dr. Kevin Whalen
Associate Professor of Trumpet & Jazz Studies