UNO Jazz Ensembles
Directed by Dr. Pete Madsen
The UNO Jazz Ensemble performs the finest big band literature available, covering a range of styles including swing, latin, and contemporary arrangements by UNO Faculty and students. The ensemble hosts the annual UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival, one of the biggest educational jazz festivals in the midwest and regularly tours abroad and throughout the United States. The UNO Jazz Ensemble regularly performs with major guest artists including Randy Brecker, Diane Schuur, Jon Faddis, Peter Erskine, and many more.
Jazz I meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM in SPAC 109.
Read more about the UNO Jazz Band performing at the Omaha Jitterbugs from the UNO Gateway: http://unothegateway.com/uno-j azz-band-swings-action/
Directed by Prof. Jason Johnson
UNO's Jazz Ensemble II performs regularly on campus and throughout the community. Their repertoire focuses on the classic big band literature including the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton. The ensemble performs each year at UNO's Great Plains Jazz Festival and makes regular appearances at Omaha Jitterbugs swing dances.
Jazz II meets Tuesday & Thursday from 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM in SPAC 109.
Auditions for MAYJO 2021-2022 will be done virtually through video auditions that will be submitted through this google form. IMPORTANT: YOU MUST BE SIGNED IN TO A GOOGLE ACCOUNT TO ACCESS THE FORM. IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ACCOUNT YOU CAN CREATE ONE FOR FREE AT GOOGLE.COM.
Audition music will consist of the Nebraska All State Jazz Etudes A1 Shuffle and A2 Funk. Trumpet players have the choice of submitting the lead trumpet A1 Shuffle excerpt or the section trumpet A1 Shuffle excerpt. Click here for the audition music. Auditions must be submitted by Friday, May 14 at 5:00pm.
Directed by Dr. Pete Madsen
The Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO) is an auditioned group of the finest high school students from the Omaha area. MAYJO performs concerts at UNO and in the community including featured slots at UNO's Great Plains Jazz Festival. MAYJO students have the opportunity to work closely with UNO faculty, professional musicians from Omaha, and guest artists and clinicians that have included Benny Golson, Peter Erskine, Jim Pugh, Eric Marienthal, Stefon Harris, Kris Berg, and many others. MAYJO members have been recognized in the Downbeat Student Music Awards and are regularly selected for NAfME All-National ensembles and Nebraska All-State bands and orchestra.
Click here for MAYJO's performance schedule.
UNO's Jazz Combos cover a wide range of styles including jazz standards, New Orleans Brass Band Funk, and original compositions by UNO students. The UNO combos perform on campus and for community functions throughout the Omaha metro area. The UNO Jazz Combo has toured both Asia and Europe in partnership with UNO's International Studies Program and the Omaha Sister Cities Association.