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MSU JAZZ ENSEMBLES in the College of Music include three big bands – Jazz Orchestra I, Jazz Orchestra II, and Jazz Orchestra III, each made up of 18 members. They are conducted by Rodney Whitaker, Etienne Charles and Michael Dease, respectively. The groups play the repertoire of the great jazz masters as well as a wide range of soul, swing, blues, and gospel. The four Jazz Octets are eight-piece ensembles that blend the sounds of big band with small group performance. They are conducted by Diego Rivera, Reginald Thomas, Jerrick Matthews and James Holden. There are also 12 Jazz Combos, each consisting of four to six members under the direction of Randy Gelispie. 

MSU Music Box Office: 517-353-5340

The MSU PROFESSSORS OF JAZZ ensemble performs a faculty artist recital each semester with music from the jazz canon, including standards, jazz classics, and original compositions. Members of the Professors of Jazz perform internationally, nationally, and locally. This “hard-bop” band has now expanded to a seven-piece ensemble featuring Etienne Charles (trumpet), Randy Gelispie (drums), Diego Rivera (tenor saxophone), Reginald Thomas (piano), Perry Hughes (jazz guitar), Michael Dease (trombone), and artistic director Rodney Whitaker (bass).

MSU JAZZ SPECTACULAR: an annual celebration that includes concerts, dancing, and an all-day high school jazz competition. The 34th annual festival takes place from April 10-12, 2014.


See ticket price and venue location key at bottom of this page. 

Ticket Prices


$ = $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, free for students.


Individual tickets for the 2014-2015 season will go on sale in August.

Venue Locations 


CGH = Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, 750 East Shaw Lane at Bogue Street

CRH = Cook Recital Hall, Music Building, 333 West Circle Drive

DH = Demonstration Hall, 229 Demonstration Hall Road


ELCPA = East Lansing High School Center for Performing Arts, 509 Burcham Drive, East Lansing

FT = Fairchild Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road HRH Hart Recital Hall, Music Building, 333 West Circle Drive

PCC = Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 E. Grand River Avenue, Lansing

PT = Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center, 750 East Shaw Lane at Bogue Street

RCAH = Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Theatre, terrace level of Snyder Hall,362 Bogue Street

Assistance and More Information


College of Music Box Office: 517-353-5340, Room 102, Music Building, 333 West Circle Drive (Mon.–Fri. 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)