Jazz Ensembles

students playing saxophone and trumpet

Audition Information

All Jazz ensembles require an audition. Students seeking to register and participate in Jazz Lab I should seek the instructor's approval prior to registration.

Small Jazz Ensembles

The University jazz ensembles, also known as lab bands, are under the direction of Ralph Alessi and Doug Coomler. Members are selected by audition only.

The jazz studies program offers a diverse and creative, small, group performance experience. At present, the program features six small ensembles, each coached by one of our experienced jazz faculty members. The bands cover a range of styles including bebop, Latin-jazz, free jazz, funk, hip-hop and many others. Students are strongly encouraged to compose and arrange for their own groups. A weekly forum provides opportunity for each ensemble to perform and to receive valuable feedback from peers and faculty and all groups participate in a final concert at the end of each semester. Members of Small Ensembles are selected by audition only.

Large Jazz Ensembles - Jazz Lab I

Jazz Lab I is the University's premiere large jazz ensemble, under the direction of Ralph Alessi. Jazz Lab I is composed of more advanced students of the jazz studies program. Members of Jazz Lab I are selected by audition only.

Ensemble Performances at UNR

Faculty and student ensemble performances occur frequently throughout each semester. Check the Department of Music Events Calendar for upcoming recitals and concerts.