The Jazz Ensemble is a big band comprised of about 18 select musicians. Members include music majors and minors, and majors from many other fields who just love jazz and playing their instruments. The ensemble usually plays four concerts a year.
Hear from the musicians:
Josh Lindquist, '14, Trombone
Mathematics major, Music and Latin minor
"Being a part of the Jazz Ensemble has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at CSB/SJU. Director Bruce Thornton provides a wealth of knowledge from jazz history to improvisation techniques and is always helpful and encouraging. Not only has participating in the Jazz Ensemble significantly improved my playing, I have the privilege of playing alongside some of my closest friends. Having the opportunity to play with such incredible musicians has had such a positive impact on my time at CSB/SJU."
Haley Van Gelder, '14, Saxophone
Psychology major, Biology minor
"I'm not a music major - I'm a scientist at heart. However, being able to create inspiring music with other people who care about what they're doing like me every day in rehearsals is an experience I couldn't give up for the sterility of my other science classes. It's a pleasant recess from the craziness of my life in which I can let a whole different side of myself shine. My fellow bandmates are supportive and helpful to each other and everyone keeps a positive attitude about our goal of creating incredible music."