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Southeast’s Jazz Band is made up of two jazz ensembles, Studio Jazz and the Jazz Lab Band. These groups perform at various University and community social events throughout the academic year. 

Students interested in auditioning for Studio Jazz must have prior experience in a jazz program, woodwind doubling skills (saxes only) and solo experience. 

Southeast’s Jazz Lab Band is open to all students with an interest in improving their skills in big band jazz and improvisation. Improvisation skills are developed in this ensemble, although they are not required as a pre-requisite.

Jazz Band Auditions 

Auditions for membership in the Jazz Studio will take place during the first week of classes in the fall semester. 

Audition Materials

Jazz Band Calendar

The Southeast Jazz Band presents four performances that are sure to take you on a musical journey. The Jazz Band performs at PRESS REWIND, Big Band Christmas Jukebox, 23rd Annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival and BEING BASIE.

Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz

The Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival showcases excellent student musicians and guest artists from around the nation, all contributing to a vibrant festival of jazz and the celebration of music performance and education.

"Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Trombone/Euphonium and Director of Jazz Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. As a soloist, chamber musician, and educator, Joseph maintains an active schedule in Classical, Jazz, and commercial musical settings both nationally and internationally. Regularly, Joseph is invited to serve as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator for both high schools and collegiate music programs throughout the United States."

Dr. Joseph Jefferson

Jazz Band director, Joseph Jefferson leads during a performance.
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