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Jazz Bands

Chris Vadala, Director of Jazz Studies

UMD Jazz Ensemble — the primary jazz big band for advanced Jazz and Music majors

UMD Jazz Lab Band — comprises Jazz and Music majors, as well as advanced non-majors

University Jazz Band — the all-campus and largest jazz band, drawing talent from many majors

UMD Chamber Jazz Combos — four small jazz ensembles of six to seven Music majors each, plus a larger Latin Jazz Ensemble, specializing in Latin Jazz repertoire

Alumni Reunion Jazz Band — a non-credit ensemble for prior UMD jazz students

 

The University of Maryland jazz ensembles perform representative music from the traditional jazz repertoire, as well as new compositions and arrangements from UMD students and faculty. Over one hundred students perform in the various UMD jazz bands. The Jazz Ensemble is one of only three elite bands invited to perform annually at the UDC Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival, one of the most anticipated events on Washington D.C.'s jazz calendar and frequently broadcast on the BET Network. Combos and big bands also perform outreach concerts at regional schools and venues such as the National Archives, D.C. Public Library, and National Building Museum, area schools, and at campus events such as Maryland Day, Gala Events, and commencement activities.