Course Description

The Jazz Ensemble is a traditional big band of 15 to 20 players who perform under the direction of renowned Chicago jazz trumpet player and vocalist Jeff Hedberg. 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 Jeff Hedberg at jhedberg at harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6568.

All music and practice material will be provided to the students, no textbook is needed.

Learner Outcomes

Students will learn and practice ensemble skills, utilize the jazz performance routine, and apply jazz theory, scales, chord voicings, jazz rhythms, and song styles.  Students will perform a 1.5-hour concert and make a recording in a professional recording studio. 


You are expected to play and improvise on as many songs as you possibly can.  Please remember not all students are on the same level.  Students are expected to practice assigned songs outside of class.  It is recommended that students take private lessons, click here for more information.

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No audition is required for this class.

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Section Title
Jazz Ensemble
7:00PM to 9:30PM
Aug 23, 2023 to Dec 13, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $125.00
Section Notes
Also offered for Credit as MUS145-C06. No class on Wed, 22 Nov 2023, Thanksgiving Day.
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