James Madison University School of Music

Jazz Ensembles

Dave Stringham, director

540.568.6180, stringda@jmu.edu

Membership is open to all JMU students by audition. Repertoire includes all major styles of big band jazz from the 1920s to the 1990s. Performances include both on- and off-campus engagements.

Chuck Dotas, coordinator

540.568.6180, dotascj@jmu.edu

Membership is open to all JMU students by audition. Ensembles are student-run with weekly faculty coaching. Repertoire includes all styles of small-group jazz with an emphasis on creative improvisation. Performances are held at various local establishments.

Chuck Dotas, director

540.568.6180, dotascj@jmu.edu

The James Madison University Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at James Madison University.  The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, DC, the Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Virginia Music Educator's Association annual convention.  The JMU Jazz Ensemble has been featured with the United States Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble, the United States Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble, and at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Maryland.  The ensemble has performed with many well-known jazz artists, including Dick Oatts, John Clayton, Justin DiCioccio, Joseph Eckert, Charles Bubeck, Clay Jenkins, Antonio Garcia, John D’Earth, Chris Merz, Dana Landry, and Jim White. 

Membership is open to all JMU students by audition.


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