The Jazz Ensemble is a traditional big band of 15-20 players who perform under the direction of renowned Chicago jazz pianist Ken Spurr. Open to all Harper students regardless of major, faculty, staff and community members, the band performs a range of jazz music, from standards to contemporary hits. This course focuses on the study of the standard Jazz ensemble. It is an overview of various techniques and interpretation as applied to Jazz ensemble and performance. Each semester, the band performs a concert in the Performing Arts Center. The group participates in community events and tour performances and frequently features professional guest artists from the Chicago area. A limited number of combo performance opportunities are available to members. Increase your proficiency on an instrument or as a singer while enjoying the opportunity to learn and perform music from the classic jazz repertoire. Utilize sight reading and musicianship while enhancing your skills, musical understanding and enjoyment. An audition is required and is held at the first rehearsal of each fall and spring semester. Sight reading at an intermediate (High School Jazz Band) level is required. For more information and audition music, contact Ken Spurr at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847.925.6568.