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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, and 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. There are also 12 Jazz Combos, each consisting of four to six members. View a list of this concert series.
THE MSU PROFESSSORS OF JAZZ ensemble part of the Faculty Artist Recital Series sponsored by WKAR, performs 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.