The Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble I is one of five jazz ensembles in the Department of Music. The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of undergraduate student musicians who are chosen by audition. The SRU Jazz Ensemble has performed at jazz festivals, high schools, colleges and concert halls in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. In addition to the formal concerts on campus each year, the Jazz Ensemble has performed concerts with major jazz legends including: Bob Mintzer, Kenny Burrell, Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton, John Scofield, David Liebman, Claudio Roditi, Stanley Turrentine, Jim Snidero, Rufus Reid, Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig, Kim Nazarian, and the New York Voices. Slippery Rock University hosted its’ Sixth Annual High School Adjudication Jazz Festival on May 5, 2007. Guest artists for this outstanding Jazz Festival have included, Rufus Reid, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Conrad Herwig, jazz vibraphonist, Dave Samuels, and this year’s guest artists, The MCG Jazz Pittsburgh Legacy Big Band.
In recent history The Jazz Ensemble was again selected to perform at the University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival and was proud to receive nine “outstanding soloist” citations from this prestigious collegiate festival in February, 2007. The Jazz Ensemble was thrilled to perform on tour in Europe during the summer of 2006. The group was honored to be selected to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festivals, which were held in Switzerland, and The Netherlands. These jazz festivals are two of the most prestigious and significant festivals in the world. The European Tour also included performances in Paris, France, and Heidelberg, Germany. The Jazz Ensemble I has recorded four CDs since 2000, with the first CD entitled, “Jazz at The Rock,” and the second, “Back to the States,” which was recorded in 2002, following their 14- day performance tour of France and Italy. The ensemble’s third CD is entitled, “Arrivals & Departures,” which was recorded in May, 2004, and their most recent CD is entitled, “Crossing Borders,” which marked the return from the 2006 European Tour.
Jazz Lab Band directed by David Glover is also an auditioned group. The ensemble is made up of music majors and non-majors that have an interest in big band jazz performance and jazz improvisation. The group rehearses once a week and performs one concert a semester.
Additional information regarding the Jazz Ensemble or Music at “The Rock” is available by contacting Dr. Jason Kush at his office 724-738-2443, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SRU Jazz Combos perform formal concerts each semester on campus in addition to "gigs" for the University, the community, and the western Pennsylvania area. Each combo has six or seven musicians who create arrangements of jazz standards and compose original music for performance. Rehearsals are organized to aid the student in the interpretation of music through improvisation. The combo experience is designed not only to enhance the jazz program at SRU, but also to prepare the student for the demands of being a freelance professional musician. Placement in the Combos is by audition during the first week of the semester.
The SRU Panorama, directed by David Glover and Ryan Socrates, is a relatively new ensemble in the music department. This steel pan group consists of music majors and non-majors that share a common interest in this Trinidadian-born musical genre. The Panorama puts on several well-attended concerts during the year both on and off campus. This colorful ensemble rehearses once a week and travels regularly. For more information about this ensemble please contact David Glover at email@example.com or call #724-738-2442.
The SRU Percussion Ensemble, directed by David Glover, is a diverse group of percussionists dedicated to performing classic and contemporary percussion literature. Programming for the group is very eclectic, including world music, body percussion, performance art, aleatoric pieces, jazz, electronic music, and classic transcriptions for mallet keyboard ensemble. The ensemble rehearses three times a week and performs on a regular basis on campus and throughout Western Pennsylvania.