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Band I   Band II | Band ||| | Vocal Jazz I   Vocal Jazz II

CWU Band I wins Monterey Next Gen Jazz Festival contest.

Our award-winning 

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ensembles provide a place for everyone that wishes to participate in a large-group jazz experience. With three vocal jazz ensembles and four jazz big bands, there are many opportunities to explore the literature available. We also have numerous combos, which are coached by faculty.

Our Ensembles Include:

  • Jazz Band IIIIII
  • Vocal Jazz III
  • Jazz Combos I, II, III, IV...

All ensembles are by audition. Typically rhythm section players and horn players are auditioned for groups during the first week of fall quarter. Singers for the vocal jazz groups are also auditioned during the first part of the quarter along with some auditions in the spring prior to fall quarter.

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A Rich History 
Did you know that many prominent jazz musicians and educators had their start at Central? This is all part of a rich legacy that stretches back to 1947 and the Sweecians dance band, directed by Bert Christiansen and later Bob “Beep” Panerio and John Moawad, the creation of the vocal jazz ensemble by John Moawad in the 70s and high expectations along the way. Here is a sampling of just a few of them: Gary Hobbs, Jon Wikan, Norm Wallen, Greg Metcalf, Kelly Kunz, Dave Barduhn, Frank Dimiero, Bruce Babad, Reuel Lubag, Michelle Wier, Jim Sisko, Garey Williams, Paul Gabrielson, Jay Roulston, Jake Bergevin & Paul Harshman.

Scholarship Opportunity
The Board of Jazz In The Valley has established a monetary scholarship for the benefit of graduating high school student and transfer students wishing to pursue music studies at Central Washington University, with an emphasis in jazz performance and study. for more info


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