The F&M Jazz Ensemble is a standard "big band" with 5 saxes, 4 or 5 trumpets, 4 or 5 trombones and rhythm section.The ensemble rehearses Tuesday and Thursday nights from 9:15 to 10:45. The repertoire for the jazz ensemble varies greatly from semester to semester, but generally contains standards charts from the big band era and new works in a variety of styles including swing, ballads, rock, Latin, etc. Students may receive .5 credits for two semesters of participation.
The performance schedule for 2012-2013 is as follows:
Saturday, October 20, 8:00 p.m., Homecoming/Family Weekend Spectrum Concert
Friday, November 17, 8:00 p.m., Fall Jazz Concert
Friday, April 12, 8 p.m., Spring Jazz Concert
Jazz auditions for the fall semester will take place on Thursday, August 31. Students can sign up for specific times by visiting Meyran Hall, Room 107 during the first week of classes. Spring semester auditions are by appointment by contacting the director, Jerry Laboranti at . For the audition, performers are asked to prepare a jazz selection.