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. Auditions for placement and seating in all Jazz Ensembles take place during the first week of school.
The rehearsal and performance schedules fit easily into the academic schedules of our students, and participating in the jazz program at BU is worthwhile and enjoyable. Each semester, our jazz ensembles perform at several concerts, university functions, and the semi-annual “Jazz Fest” held in the George Sherman Student Union on the last evening of classes each semester.
Big Band I and II
Conductor: Aaron Goldberg & Jason Saetta
Both Big Bands are standard “Jazz Band” instrumentation: 5 trumpets, 5 trombones, 5 saxes, rhythm section (guitar, bass guitar, piano, drum set). They perform several concerts per semester including the BU “Jazz Fest.” Big Band I additionally performs at high-level university functions. For more information please visit www.bu.edu/bands.
Conductor: Warren Levenson
Jazz Combos are intended for those who wish to perform in a smaller setting. Our top combos perform at high-level functions on campus as well as gigs around the Boston area. Combos are created according to student talent and interest. For more information please visit www.bu.edu/bands.