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

Auditions for the ESU Jazz I and Jazz II Ensembles will take place during the first several days of the 2015 fall semester.  Auditions are for the entire school year.


There are openings for:







Drum set

Auxiliary Percussion (Vibes, Latin Percussion)


Audition music will be posted on the Jazz Bulletin Board in Beach Music Hall by August 1st.  Auditions will consist of:

1: prepared pieces (from the bulletin board)

2: sight reading

3: improvisation (optional)


Rhythm Section

You will need to be able to:

1: play the prepared pieces (multiple styles)

2: comp on a lead sheet

3: bass players – construct a walking bass line over changes

4: drum set – play various assigned grooves

5: guitar players – comp on chord changes, demonstrate ability to read melodic lines



Jazz Repertoire for 2015-2016 School Year (partial list)

Fuego Cubano – Johnny Richards

The Joy of Cookin’ – Sammy Nestico

Stardust – arr: Tommy Newsome

The Phyrgian Five – Alan Baylock

Waltz for Debbie – Bill Evans; arr: Don Sebesky

Blue Opening – Ike Sturm

The Blues Walk – Clifford Brown – arr: Michael Philip Mossman

Foxy – Slide Hampton

Riverdance – arr: Bob Curnow

The First Circle – Pat Metheny; arr: Bob Curnow

Kind of Blue(Grass) – Fred Sturm

Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man – Hammerstein and Kern – arr: John Berry

Jive Samba – Nat Adderly – arr: Alan Baylock

Jordu – Duke Jordan – arr: Mark Taylor

Milestones – Miles Davis – arr: Mike Tomaro

Red Clay – Freddie Hubbard – arr: Mark Taylor

El Abrazo – Alan Baylock

Morocco – Russ Freeman – arr: Gordon Goodwin

Senor Mouse – Chick Corea – arr: Mike Tomaro

The Bari Things You Do – Geoff Keezer

Loco-Motion – Fred Stride

Intensities in Ten Cities – Alan Baylock

ESU Jazz Ensemble

Audition information


To all instrumentalists interested in auditioning for the ESU Jazz Ensemble I and II.

 We will have a brief meeting in the band room (BH 134) at 12:00 noon on Monday, August 17th. We will proceed to auditions immediately after our meeting.

Wind auditions will consist of three parts:

 1 – Prepared music (in envelopes on the jazz bulletin board)

 2 – Sight Reading

 3 – Improvisation (optional)

 Drum Set – please be prepared to demonstrate the indicated grooves in your drum set audition packets.

 Rhythm Section – Be able to vamp and improvise on a Bb Blues.


Please contact me if you have any questions.

Office – 620-341-6673


 I’m looking forward to getting started!  I anticipate another great year of jazz!

 Dr. Ziek


Audition music can be found here!

Alto Sax

Tenor Sax

Baritone Sax



4th/Bass Trombone




Drum Set

Aux Percussion/Vibes 


For further information contact: Dr. Gary Ziek