Jazz Studies and Ensembles

Dr. Dave Stamps, director

2017-18 Instrumental Jazz Ensemble Audition Etude


The Gustavus Jazz Studies program has a long history of excellence throughout the state of Minnesota and northern midwest. In 2015, the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band won the College Big Band Division at the prestigious Eau Claire Jazz Festival. This coming January, the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band (with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra) will travel to Greece and Macedonia on an international cultural immersion tour.

The program boasts two large big bands, a vocal jazz ensemble, five combos, and a jazz guitar collective. Course offerings include: jazz history, improvisation, music industry & entrepreneurship, applied lessons, and independent studies in composition and arranging.

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