Music Ensembles - Jazz


Jazz Ensemble I and II

Dr. Gary Ziek, Director

Jazz Ensemble

The Emporia State University Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Gary Ziek, continues the long tradition of jazz education and performance at ESU.  The band plays a wide variety of literature, ranging from the classic jazz of Count Basie and Duke Ellington to the contemporary sounds of Gordon Goodwin and Bob Florence.   The group has performed with jazz artists such as Frank Mantooth, Bob Bowman, Doug Talley, Arthur Lipner, Robert McCurdy, Rick DiMuzio, Arthur White and Randy Hamm. 


The band has played throughout the region, including performances in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2015 at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention.  The ESU Jazz Ensemble toured Europe during the summer of 2004, with performances in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  The trip culminated with two performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival.  The Jazz Ensemble and Minor Details Combo was invited to and performed at the North Texas Jazz Festival, in Addison, Texas in 2005 and 2006.  The band recently performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center at the 13th Annual New York City Jazz Festival in April of 2014.

Jazz Ensemble

Course: Jazz Ensemble
Course Number: MU 318 A / MU 648 A
Rehearsals: MTWR; 12 - 12:50 pm
Room Number: Beach Hall 134