students performing saxophone on stage

Jazz Ensemble 2 maintains an active rehearsal and performance schedule throughout the year. This ensemble focuses on a wide range of classic big band literature and musical styles with an emphasis on mastering the basics of jazz performance: dynamics, articulation, and performance style. Jazz 2 students will also sight read, as well as learn and discuss best practices in large jazz ensemble rehearsal and performance.

Rehearsal Information

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  • Tuesday—11 – 11:50 a.m.
  • Wednesday—6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday—11 – 11:50 a.m.



Hargreaves Music Building (MU), room 117 – Jazz Room


Course Numbers

  • MUSC 141, section 1B (0 credit – undergraduate)
  • MUSC 341, section 1B (1 credit – undergraduate)

Freddie Mendoza performing trombone during a recital


Freddie Mendoza
Assistant Music Professor of Jazz Trombone

Join the Ensemble

Audition Required

All Fall 2023 auditions will be held in person in MU 117 in the Hargreaves Music Building. Signup now for your audition. Please email Director of Jazz Studies Mark Buselli with any questions.

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023 – saxophones (Noon to 6 p.m.)
  • Thursday, August 17, 2023 – rhythm section (Noon to 6 p.m.)
  • Saturday, August 19, 2023 – brass (11am – 7pm)

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