We are excited to announce that Augusta University will once again host the Conservatory Jazz Ensemble beginning in February of 2018. We invite all interested instrumentalists and vocalists to audition for this premier group. Whether you consider yourself a jazz musician or not, this is a great opportunity to broaden and elevate your talents on your instrument/voice while performing with the best students from all over the area.
The Director of the Conservatory Jazz Band is jazz trumpet player/educator Dennis DiSano who has performed with dozens of the worlds finest jazz and pop performers including Wycliffe Gordon, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Natalie Cole, Grover Washington, Aretha Franklin, Steve Marcus, Harold Jones and many others.
To make participation in this band even more exciting, we are proud to announce that
Wycliffe Gordon – Artist in Residence at AU and one of the premier jazz trombonists
in the world, (Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Choice Award Best Trombone 2016, 2014,
2013 and 2012), will be the Artistic Director of the Conservatory Jazz Band. Wycliffe
will also be a guest performer with the group as well!
Auditions for the spring semester will take place on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH (please note the original audition date was scheduled for Tuesday, January 16th but has been moved to Tuesday, February 6th) starting at 5:30pm
Instrumentation for the Conservatory Jazz Ensemble includes alto, tenor and baritone saxophone – trumpets, trombones, guitar, bass, piano, drums and vocalist.
All candidates will be provided with a packet of audition materials to prepare and will also be asked to sight read some material at the audition.
If you are selected to the Conservatory Jazz Ensemble, the music to be performed will
be given to you prior to rehearsals in order for you to learn your parts.
See below for more details about the audition and to download audition packets
Tuesday, February 20th, 5:30 - 7:15pm is the first rehearsal.
Rehearsals will continue every Tuesday evening from 5:30 - 7:15 except during the
week of spring break.
Monday, April 16th: Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday, April 17th: Concert with the Augusta University Jazz Ensemble
The fee for this ensemble is $115
Financial assistance is available
Horn Players, Piano, Bass & Guitar Players
***Please attempt the improvisational requirement of the audition, as we need to assess which instrumentalists are capable and comfortable with improvisation. Your audition results, however, will be judged on your overall ability on your instrument.
Bass Players - In addition to the above
Drums: What to expect