Ohio University Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Combos, and the Jazz Percussion Ensemble form the jazz performance experience at Ohio University.  Concerts on and off campus, tours, high school workshops and consistent contact with guest artists provide students with a variety of performance opportunities. Students also benefit from a broad range of jazz studies courses. 
 
Jazz Ensemble I - Matt James, director, jamesm1@ohio.edu
Jazz Ensemble II - Sean Parsons, director, parsons1@ohio.edu
Jazz Percussion Ensemble - Roger Braun, director, braunr@ohio.edu
Jazz Combo - John Horne, director, john@johnhorneguitar.com

Auditions for big bands and combos occur during the first week of classes every semester.  All OU students are invited to audition, regardless of major.  Musicians who have no jazz experience are also encouraged to audition.  Check the jazz ensembles bulletin board on the 4th floor of Glidden Hall, across from room 476, for signup sheets.  No prepared materials are required, as the auditions involve sightreading of big band charts and improvisation (usually on a blues).  Amps are provided for bassists and guitarists.  Drumset auditions occur at a specified time in the percussion studio. 

For additional information about the Ohio University jazz program and to find out how you might participate, please contact:

Matthew James
Professor of Saxophone & Jazz Studies
Director of Jazz Studies
jamesm1@ohio.edu