Jazz Ensembles

The Boston University Jazz Ensembles consist of two Big Bands and two Jazz Combos. These ensembles are open to all students of BU regardless of major, grad or undergrad. The rehearsal and performance schedule fits easily into the academic schedules of BU students thus making participation a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. Each semester, BU jazz ensembles perform at several concerts, university functions, and the semi-annual “Jazz Fest” held on the last evening of classes each semester.

Auditions for placement and seating in all Jazz Ensembles take place during the first week of classes each September. Membership for the full academic year is encouraged unless a student chooses to study abroad in the spring. Open positions in the spring will be filled as needed (email bands@bu.edu if you missed auditions in September and hope to join in the spring semester).

Big Band

The BU Big Band performs a variety of jazz including contemporary, classic, popular, and rare, from across the decades. Musicians often have the opportunity to work with guest artists and clinicians. The Big Band uses standard instrumentation: 4-5 trumpets, 4-5 trombones, 5 saxes, and a rhythm section (guitar, vibes, piano, bass, optional aux. percussion, and drum set). Performances consist of several concerts per semester including BU Jazz Fest and occasional high-level university functions around campus.

2018-2019 Rehearsal Schedule:
Big Band I, Aaron Goldberg, CFA MU 094/194 A1 6:30-7:45 PM
Big Band II, Jason Saetta, CFA MU 094/194 B1 8:00-9:15 PM

Rehearsal Location: Band Room – 300 Babcock St., at the corner of Ashford St. in West Campus (entrance is 100-feet down the Ashford St. side of the building)


Jazz Combos

Under the direction of Warren Levenson, the Jazz Combos are intended for those who wish to perform in a smaller setting. Our top combos are often asked to perform at high-level functions on campus.  Multiple Jazz Combos are created according to student talent and interest.

2018-2019 Jazz Combo Rehearsals:

Meet by arrangement


If you are auditioning for a Jazz Combo, please bring a printed copy of your course schedule, in graph form, to your audition.