student drummer performs on stageThe Ball State Jazz Combos provide small group experiences in jazz and commercial music under the direction of our jazz faculty. The number of combos varies from semester to semester, with no less than six rehearsing per semester. All students are encouraged to develop their improvisational skills in these small group experiences. Each combo performs at least twice per semester in Hahn Recital Hall. Each combo meets for one hour per week at times to be determined.

Students who wish to participate in the combo program must follow the audition process at the beginning of the academic year.

Rehearsal Information

Schedules are varied. Students give us their schedules the first week of classes and are put into combos based upon level of ability and availability.

Course Numbers

MUSP 231, (1 credit – undergraduate)

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Audition Required

**Please note that all Fall 2021 auditions will take place via Zoom with all jazz faculty present. Please email graduate assistant Aron Callard to set up your audition time.**

  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – saxophones
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 – brass
  • Friday, August 20, 2021 – rhythm section

A Zoom link will be sent the night before your scheduled audition. Please be in the waiting room 5 minutes before your audition. Please have a backing track with a speaker so we can hear you play something that you have prepared like a jazz standard, jazz transcription, etc. Sight reading will be emailed to you during the audition.

Here are the requirements for your ensemble audition:

  • Prepare something that you have been working on or have performed in the past. It could be a tune, a transcribed solo, or a piece of music in a jazz setting.
  • All major scales
  • Improvise over a B-flat blues
  • Sight read