The UC Jazz Ensemble is an exciting seventeen-piece big band that performs music from a variety of styles including straight-ahead swing, funk, latin, ballads, bebop and fusion. Under the direction of Mr. David Threlkeld, this entertaining unit performs often on campus and throughout the southeastern United States. The ensemble is open not only to music majors, but to all UC students and the members frequently represent a variety of major fields of study. The Jazz Ensemble rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:40-2:55. All of the members of this ensemble receive one hour of course credit.
Each year the Jazz Ensemble hosts guest clinicians and soloists who are recognized among the finest names in jazz performance and education. Past guest artists include Greg Abate, Dominic Spera, Rande Sanderbeck, David Ridenour, Rick Simerly, Bob Bryant, John Willmarth and Jamey Aebersold.
The UC Jazz Ensemble hosts the University of the Cumberlands High School Jazz Ensemble each spring. This clinic offers sessions for high school students on topics including ensemble rehearsal, improvisation, style interpretation and instrument specific master classes. Additional information regarding the 2013 clinic will be posted soon.
For more information about the Jazz Ensemble or the High School Jazz Clinic, contact David Threlkeld at (606) 539-4334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.