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University Jazz Bands

Members of the University Jazz Band #1

The Cal Poly Jazz Bands combine the professionalism of a working big band with the academic rigor of cutting-edge big band repertoire. They participate in an exciting schedule of performance and educational opportunities, including:

  • Performing with world-class guest artists, such as
    • DJ Logic, turntables
    • T. S. Monk, drums
    • James Carter, saxophone
    • Kevin Mahogany, vocal
    • Bruce Forman, guitar
    • Jon Jang, piano and composer
    • Bobby Shew, trumpet
    • Mary Fettig, saxophone and flute
    • Billy Childs, piano
    • Arturo Sandoval, trumpet
    • Clark Terry, trumpet and fluegelhorn
    • Taylor Eigsti, piano
    • Adam Theis, trombone
  • Paid gigs
    • Sacramento Jazz Jubilee
    • opener for Bob Newhart
    • opener for Don Byron
    • Swing dances
    • Vina Robles Winery
    • Pismo Beach Jazz Jubilee
    • Morro Bay Jazz Festival
    • San Jose Jazz Society
  • Distinctive sets of big band repertoire
    • Ethiopian pop music
    • TV themes
    • Chinese folk music
    • concert jazz
    • heavy metal
    • cartoon jazz
    • swing dance
    • funk
  • Foreign tours
    • Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, China, in 2004
    • Rio de Janeiro in 2007
    • San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2011
  • Auditions
    • Be ready to do some sight reading, some easy improvisation on the blues, and prepare a short piece of your own choosing.
    • For more information, visit the auditions link from the Jazz Bands Web page
    • Students who have auditioned and been accepted will enroll in one of the following (There are opportunities to play in jazz combos as well as in one of the big bands):
      • University Jazz Band I MU 170-01 or MU 370-01
        Rehearsal: MTWF 11:10—12:00 p.m.
      • University Jazz Band II MU 170-02 or MU 370-02
        Rehearsal: MW 3:10—4:30 p.m.
      • Note: Freshmen and sophomores enroll in lower division courses, juniors and seniors in upper division courses
  • First Meeting
    • It is very important that you attend the first regularly scheduled class for the ensemble in which you wish to participate even though the audition results are not yet posted. These will be organizational meetings and you will not need to bring your instrument.
    • The meetings will be in Room 216 of the Music Building (45) on the first day of classes, at either 11:10 a.m. or 3:10 p.m.

Paul RinzlerEnsemble Director
Paul Rinzler
E-mail Dr. Rinzler
Office phone: 805-756-5792
Office location: Davidson Music Center, building 45, room 122
Jazz Bands Web page