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Jazz Ensembles

There are two Jazz Ensembles at Tarleton, both directed by Greg Ball  Jazz Ensemble I is the premier jazz group on campus and plays music from Ellington and Basie to Schneider and Mintzer.  The goal is to perform a wide variety of styles at the professional level.  Under Mr. Ball’s direction the band has traveled to England, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Kansas.  Performances include the Bull’s Head Pub (London), Busker Brown’s (Galway), the Reduta Jazz Club (Prague), the Vienna Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Wichita Jazz Festival.  The band has also recorded two CD’s, Big Bad Band and Whisper Not.

Jazz Ensemble II was created to give those students developing their jazz skills an opportunity to perform.  The ensemble also gives beginning jazz students the opportunity to learn jazz.  The music ranges from educational to professional level charts.  Many students join the band on a secondary instrument and it is more geared towards music education majors who would like to receive experience rehearsing the band. 


2013-2014 Concert Season

Thursday, October 3  7:30pm  Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium

    The Great American Songbook 

    Student vocalists singing with the bands!


Sunday, October 20  2:00pm  Langdon Center Lawn, Granbury

    Jazz on the Green 

     Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of great jazz.


Thursday, November 21  7:30pm  Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium

    Solos and Features

    Jazz Ensembles I & II play music featuring soloists and sections in the band


Thursday, February 20  7:30pm  Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theater

    A Tribute to Thad Jones and Mel Lewis

    Jazz Ensembles I & II play the music of 48 years of Monday nights at the Village Vanguard.


Saturday, March 22  7:30pm  Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium

    Tarleton Jazz Festival Concert

     Featuring Jon Faddis, legendary jazz trumpet virtuoso


Tuesday, April 15  7:30pm  Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium

    New York Tour Preview Concert

     Music from the New York City tour with the Tarleton Wind Ensemble


Monday, April 28

    Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble II

    End of the season concert for Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble II



For more info contact Greg Ball



For ticket info contact Dayle Cox