Jazz Ensemble I is the premiere jazz big band at Illinois State University and is comprised of a select group of the University's finest instrumentalists. This outstanding ensemble performs a wide range of big band literature including all styles from historical to cutting edge. Membership is by audition only and is open to all Illinois State University students.
Jazz Ensemble II is a group of 16–20 instrumentalists who perform a wide range of big band literature including all styles from historical to cutting edge. Membership is by audition only and is open to all Illinois State University students.
Various jazz combos of three to ten players are formed primarily from members of Jazz Ensembles I and II. Membership is by audition only and is open to all Illinois State University students.
All students interested in playing in Jazz Ensembles or jazz combos must audition during the week prior to the first day of classes. All students regardless of major are eligible to audition. Previous experience with improvisation is NOT a requirement for participation.
Sign up sheet posted: August 14 – Centennial East Room 12 (basement).
Friday, August 18 – 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 20 – 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
If you are interested but unable to audition during the allotted times, please contact Dr. Tom Marko to set up an appointment as soon as possible.
Improvisation skills are not a requirement for auditioning. We highly encourage students to audition for these ensembles in order to improve their skills and learn how to utilize their talents for jazz music.
Please consider the following rehearsal schedule for the following semester:
If you don’t improvise yet, or do not have access to any jazz lead sheets but are interested in playing, please audition anyway. (Neither of those are requirements for being placed in an ensemble.)
General Points of Evaluation
Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet:
Piano or Guitar:
Director of Instrumental
Centennial East Rm 12
(309) 438- 2541