SF Virtual Jazz Orchestra - The Waking

The Waking was composed & arranged by UofS B.Mus. (performance) & Jazz Certificate graduate Silas Friesen. This piece was commissioned and premiered by the UofS Jazz in 2020. Many of the performers in this video are alumni of the UofS Jazz Ensemble.

Sunny Side Of The Street UofS Jazz Combo

Thanks USask Jazz Mosaic 2019-2020


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.

Academic Year Performances


For more information on any of the above performances contact dean.mcneill@usask.ca.

Canada 150 / 110th USask Anniversary Commission Project

Scenes of Plains Peoples

Scenes of a Prairie Peoples is a piece commissioned by the University of Saskatchewan in 2017 to commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial, and the 110th Anniversary of the University of Saskatchewan. This 3-movement piece is a celebration of the land, and, of the different peoples that have inhabited it. 

Listen Up!

Composed and arranged by Bill Prouten, released on 'Bumper Crop VI Continuance' in Spring 2015

Composed and arranged by Fred Stride, released on 'Bumper Crop III Prairie Rhythms' in 2006

Watch Out!

Intro and example of The New Nation by Metis jazz composer/pianist Michelle Gregoire, as performed by the UofS Jazz Ensemble”.
Scenes of Plains Peoples - 3rd Movement by Paul Suchan
University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble - "500 Years" with introductions
University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble featuring Murray Porter - Is Sorry Enough
The University Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble featuring Murray Porter - Rez Blues
University of Saskatchewan Jazz Ensemble featuring Murray Porter - Colours

Photo Gallery

Scroll through the photo gallery below to see some pictures of the U of S Jazz Ensemble (and guests) in action.

Jazz Ensemble

Information on USask Certificate in Jazz