The UW-Parkside Jazz Ensemble performs regularly in both on-campus and community performances. The band's core repertoire consists of big band selections in the tradition of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and contemporary Jazz styles. The band has won numerous awards as the outstanding jazz ensemble at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival and has also produced two full-length recordings. Recent guest artist have included Marvin Stamm, Jamey Aebersold, Frank Mantooth, Ed Shaughnessey, Al Vizzutti, Maynard Ferguson and other outstanding regional artists and educators. Both music majors and non-majors are encouraged to participate. Auditions are held on the first day of classes and during the spring semester (for entering freshmen). Additional jazz offerings include Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Arranging, and courses leading to a Jazz Studies concentration within the music major.
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The purpose of the percussion ensemble is to cultivate chamber music skills and apply appropriate percussion techniques to various music styles. The ensemble explores 20th/21st century historically relevant and contemporary percussion literature, Afro-Caribbean styles, jazz, classical, and mixed- and multi-media compositions.
Past repertoire includes works by John Cage, Lou Harrison, Jovan Nebojsa Zivkovic Leonard Salzedo, Christopher Rouse, UW-Parkside faculty members Keith Carpenter and James Crowley, Harry Breuer, Batacumbele, Los Van Van, Cal Tjader, Steve Reich, Leander Kaiser, and David Hollinden.
The UW–Parkside percussion ensemble performs one on-campus concert and several off-campus events each semester.
For information on the Percussion Ensemble, contact David Bayles , director of the UW-Parkside Percussion Ensemble.