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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 the Sunday before the first day of the fall semester classes.

Jazz Band Calendar

Throughout each academic year, The Southeast Jazz Ensembles present eight (8) performances that are sure to take you on a musical journey. This includes Fall and Spring Jazz Series Concerts, Big Band Christmas Jukebox, The Annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival & Gala Concert, and Celebrate the Arts.

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. Jefferson currently serves as the Associate 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 and versatile performance schedule in Symphonic, Jazz, and Commercial musical settings both nationally and internationally. At the 13th Jazz Education Network Conference, Dr. Jefferson was awarded the 2022 Ellis Marsalis Jr. Jazz Educator of the Year."

Dr. Joseph Jefferson

Jazz Band director, Joseph Jefferson leads during a performance.
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