Under the direction of Dean McNeill, the U of S Jazz Ensemble has toured western Canada, northern USA, and Quebec, and has commissioned and premiered many new works for the contemporary large jazz ensemble idiom. This ensemble has released 6 CDs in their ‘Bumper Crop’ series and has performed in venues such as Edmonton’s acclaimed Winspear concert hall. The U of S Jazz Ensemble has performed with many acclaimed guest artists, including Jens Lindeman, Campbell Ryga and Slide Hampton.
There are positions available in this 20-piece large jazz ensemble for trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, saxes (i.e. soprano, alto tenor, bari), french horn, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and vocals. Repertoire includes a broad cross-section of traditional and contemporary jazz standards, as well as original compositions. Auditions are open to all U of S students.
For more information about the U of S Jazz Ensemble, click here. (PDF document)
2016/17 Audition Information (PDF document)
Click below to hear some recordings of the U of S Jazz Ensemble.Like Something Else - comp/arr by Bill Prouten, released on 'Bumper Crop VI Continuance' in Spring 2015
- Click here for a PDF version of the liner notes to 'Bumper Crop VI Continuance'
Into the Light - comp/arr by Fred Stride, released on 'Bumper Crop III Prairie Rhythms' in 2006
Scroll through the photo gallery below to see some pictures of the U of S Jazz Ensemble (and guests) in action.