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WSU Jazz Big Bands


WSU Jazz Big BandThe award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band has received national-level praise. Jack Bowers, writing for the blog All About Jazz, says that WSU is recognized for “high caliber big band jazz.” He goes on to say that the big bands at WSU understand “the importance of color, dynamics and unison, each of which is present in abundance,” and that they “never lose sight of what big bands are all about, namely swinging, regardless of mood or tempo.” He continues by exclaiming that “these bands mean business.”

Students playing jazz saxophonesWSU has been described by Jazziz magazine as one of the “best educational institutions for jazz.” Ensembles and individuals have received awards from Down Beat magazine and top honors at major festivals, including numerous first-place awards at the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. WSU groups regularly present invited performances at prestigious conferences. Additionally they tour, record, and perform with distinguished guest artists. Guests have included saxophonists Ed Calle, Jeff Coffin, and Ernie Watts; vocalists Kevin Mahogany and Rebecca Parris; vibist Gary Burton; and many others.

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Stduent playing saxophone

WSU has two big bands. The top group, the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band, is directed by Austin Cebulske. 

The Jazz Big Band’s latest CD is “Jazz During Lockdown.” Listen here

Watch video and listen to WSU Jazz Studies recordings

Watch video from WSU Jazz Festivals

Jazz Big Bands and Combos for Fall 2022

Jazz ensembles are set for Spring 2022. Information regarding auditions for Fall 2022 will be posted here in June of 2022.

Audition Sign Up and Guidelines

Check back here for information regarding auditions for WSU Jazz Ensembles, big bands and combos, for Fall 2022. The schedule and guidelines will be posted here in June of 2022.