Music Ensembles - Jazz


Jazz Ensemble I and II

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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, 2015, and 2018 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

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See links below for live performances!

Home on the Range – arr: Gary D. Ziek

Tall Cotton – Sammy Nestic

Samba De Haps – Mark Taylor

Crystal Silence – Chick Corea – arr: Mark Taylor 

Night Flight – Sammy Nestico

Backrow Politics – Gordon Goodwin (trumpet section feature)

Jordu – Duke Jordan – arr: Mark Taylor

Sweet Georgia Brown – arr: Sammy Nestico

Auditions for the ESU Jazz I and Jazz II Ensembles will take place during the first several days of the 2018 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 2018-2019 School Year (partial list)

To be posted at a later date.

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 the first day of the Fall semester. 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, this is subject to change as we get closer to the Fall semester!

Alto Sax

Tenor Sax

Baritone Sax



4th/Bass Trombone




Drum Set

Aux Percussion/Vibes 


For further information contact: Dr. Gary Ziek