The GPRC Jazz Ensemble is a 20-piece band in the university music school tradition of jazz ensembles evolving from the big band, with the GPRC Jazz Ensemble consisting of community members, college students, and school students who play the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section instruments. The musicians are placed in the group according to background and experience, and recommendations of band directors whom they have worked with. An audition is not necessary.
The group is open to musicians from ages 16 to 70 and it provides an enhanced music experience for school and college musicians, and an ensemble for skilled musicians in the community. The main aspect of the ensemble is to develop young musicians by providing a positive, nurturing environment in music, in jazz, and in improvisation. The music played by the group covers a wide range of styles including rock, pop, funk, traditional, Latin, blues, swing, jazz waltz, Christmas, and bebop, The focus is on giving people a chance to play and develop skills so people interested in playing in the group just need to be able to play the instruments. The skill in improvisation and reading the various styles of music will develop quickly. The group is currently directed by Dr. Robert (Bob) Howey, who holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts (DMA) in Instrumental Music Education from Arizona State University.
The jazz ensemble is always looking for new members in every section of the band. The group performs two concerts every year in the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre and other concerts in the community. Besides the school and college music students, the ensemble is open to anyone who has some high school band experience and wants to play some fun and exciting music.
Feel free to contact me or any of the jazz ensemble members if you are interested in joining the group. We rehearse on Monday nights from 7:00 - 9:30pm.
If you are a previous member you can register online. If you are a new member please contact the Conservatory Office.