SMSU Jazz Ensemble

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 Jazz Ensemble in performance

 The SMSU Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of standard and new jazz works of all difficulty levels and styles.  Emphasis is placed on the authentic performance of this truly American style of music and enhancing technical and theoretical skills associated with playing this music. 

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Participation in the Jazz Ensemble is open to all SMSU students.


As part of the SMSU Band's Guest Artist Series the Jazz Ensemble hosts and performs with guest jazz performers from around the country. Recent guest-clinicians have included:
Mr. Larry McWilliams, trumpet (2007)
Dr. Michael Flack, piano (2008)
Mr. Jim Snidero, alto saxophone (2009)
Mr. Dennis Wilson, trombone (2010)
Dr. Matthew Murdock, trumpet (2010)
Mr. Rodney Whitaker, bass (2011)
Mr. Michael Philip Mossman, trumpet (2012)
Mr. Antonio Hart, alto saxophone (2013)
Dr. Bill Prince, multi-instrumentalist (2014)

Mr. Conrad Herwig, trombone (2015)
Mr. Mike Clark, drum set (2016)
Mr. Larry McWilliams, trumpet (2016)
Mr. Rob Dixon, tenor saxophone (2017)


This year the Jazz Ensemble is pleased to host two guest artists as part of the series; Eduardo Tami and the Dakota Jazz Collective.

Eduardo Tami performing tango music on the flute.Eduardo Tami is a distinguished flutist and composer from Argentina. He leads an ensemble call the Tami Tango Trio which  also includes pianist Leandro Marquesano, who joins him for the visit.  This residency is co-sponsored by the Jazz Ensemble, the Guest Artist Series, the SMSU Spanish Program, and the Student Activities Office.  During the residency, the duo will speak with all the Spanish classes as well as the Survey of World Music class about the history and evolution of tango music in Argentina.  They will also present a clinic on the performance of tango music with the music majors at SMSU and rehearse with the SMSU Jazz Ensemble.  The duo will present a finale concert on September 22nd in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre.  The performance will feature the Jazz Ensemble on one number as well as other faculty and students on additional pieces.

The Dakota Jazz Collective in performance.The Dakota Jazz Collective is a Sioux Falls-based ensemble rooted in the classic and contemporary sounds of jazz. Featuring a horn driven ensemble, members of DJC have developed a strong reputation as some of the region’s finest and most recognized jazz musicians. Celebrating the local jazz scene, committed to jazz education, and performing across the region, Dakota Jazz Collective shares their passion for jazz with every performance.  The ensemble includes Jeremy Hegg (piano & vocals), Joel Shotwell (saxophones), Jim Speirs (trumpet), Jim McKinney (drums), and Andrew Reinartz (bass).


2017 - 18 Performance Schedule

**Unless noted, all performances are Free and Open to the Public**

September 29, 2017
University Gala (Social Hour performance)
approximately 6:00 p.m.
RA Facility
(contact the SMSU Foundation for ticket information)

October 18, 2017
 All-School Assembly Performance for the students of the
Milroy Area Charter School
12:30 p.m.

November 16, 2017
Fall Concert
7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre
“My Favorite Things"
featuring guest group, The Dakota Jazz Collective
the program will feature some of our "Favorite Things" in jazz including:
   pieces for one of our favorite jazz albums "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis;
pieces featuring vocalists from the SMSU Music Program;
pieces in collaboration with our guest artists;
   and other songs we're inspired to play by our theme.

March 26, 2018
“All-City Jazz Festival”
featuring jazz bands from the Marshall Public Schools and SMSU
7:00 p.m. in the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts

April 16, 2018
Spring Concert
7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre
Music TBD

For more information about the SMSU Jazz Ensemble,  or to book the Jazz Ensemble for a performance, contact Dr. John Ginocchio by email at or by phone at (507) 537-7209.
SMSU/Community Concert Band
Dr. John Ginocchio, conductor

 SMSU/Community Concert Band
Dr. John Ginocchio, conductor

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