The JU Jazz Studies Program prioritizes the art of the jazz language. The ensembles in the program are designed as a working ground for the developing jazz improviser, not simply a place to read charts.
All the jazz ensembles enjoy at least two major on campus performances each academic year, as well as visits from major artists for clinics and masterclasses. The jazz ensembles also host an annual festival, tour, and regularly perform for on campus and community events.
JU Jazz Orchestra
The JU Jazz Orchestra is an open-ended big band approach, ranging in works from the traditional to the most modern, as well as compositions and arrangement from the instructor and students in the jazz writing and arranging course.
JU Jazz Combo I, Combo II, Combo III
The combos involve special projects that incorporate arrangements, transcriptions and compositions from both the faculty and students.
The Division of Music at Jacksonville University is dedicated to providing excellent programs of study in Music with the infusion of a strong liberal arts education.
The Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz & Commercial Music is a music performance degree that compliments JU’s music performance core with a combination of music business courses and a rigorous sequence of jazz theory/ improvisation courses, lecture courses, jazz ensembles and applied lessons. This program is designed to respond to the needs of the modern performer. Students will have an opportunity to glean from some of the leading faculty performers and composers in their respective fields, and develop the ability to perform, write, arrange, produce, record and market the results of their efforts in order to compete in an ever-evolving music industry.
Prof. John Ricci
Director of Jazz Studies Saxophone, Jazz Courses Jazz Combo email@example.com
Prof. Chris Creswell
Artist in Residence, Marching Band, JU Jazz Orchestra, Brass firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. David Champagne, Jazz Trumpet, email@example.com
Prof. Scott Giddens Instructor of Jazz Piano firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Rick Kirkland Instructor of Drum Set email@example.com
Prof. Stanley Piper
Instructor of Jazz Bass and Jazz Combo firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Gary Starling
Artist in Residence, Guitar, Jazz Combo email@example.com
COMMERCIAL MUSIC AND MEDIA
Prof. Mark Snyder
Visiting Assistant Professor Commercial Music, Music Business, Recording firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Dennis Vincent Associate Professor of Music Education, Music Technology email@example.com