Jazz Bands

jazz band

Jazz at Southeast Missouri State University has been active for more than 20 years and consists of both big-band and combo-performance opportunities. Classes also are available in jazz improvisation, jazz theory, and history. Southeast has two jazz ensembles, including both music majors and non-majors. Auditions for membership in Southeast jazz ensembles take place during the first week of classes in the fall semester.

Jazz Ensembles Rehearsal Times:

Jazz Studio Rehearsal Meeting Time: M, W, 2:30-3:45pm, Cultural Arts Center 155
Jazz Lab Rehearsal Meeting Time: T, TR, 2:30-3:20pm, Cultural Arts Center 155

Jazz Studio Audition Information

Auditions will be held on August 20th, 2018 in CAC 155 from 2:00-4:00pm

Jazz Studio Auditions

The ensemble auditions consist of the prepared piece, sight-reading and improvisation. Rhythm section players should be prepared to comp changes to standard forms. Drummers should be prepared to demonstrate different feels.

SEMO Jazz Audition Materials

F Blues (Play-Along)

Yardbird Suite (Play-Along)


Audition Procedure

Sign Up: for your audition time outside of Dr. Jefferson’s office door RM356 when you arrive on the River Campus in the Seminary building. Sign-up sheets will be posted a week before the audition date, and the location of the sign-up sheets will be clearly marked when you enter the building. Auditions will be held in CAC 155.

Be Prepared: Be sure to arrive on time for your audition, warmed up and ready to play your instrument. Practice rooms are available.

Things to Remember: As you’re learning these parts, practice slowly and use the below youtube links as a reference guide. Please listen to what is happening in each piece and be mindful to convey the appropriate style and techniques in your performance. I’m eagerly looking forward to hearing each and every one of you…Good Luck!

Yardbird Suite
Yardbird Suite:(optional reference)
Swing in Time (Drummers Only)

Jazz Events

  • "A Tribute to Sammy Nestico", October 12, 2018 Bedell, 7:30pm
  • Christmas Jukebox, December 1, 2018
  • Clark Terry/ Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival, February 1 - 2, 2019, Bedell, all - day
  • Clark Terry/ Phi Mu Alpha Gala Concert, February 1, 2019, Bedell, 7:30pm
  • "Spring, SWING!", April 9, 2019, Bedell 7:30pm

The Jazz Program at Southeast

The department has two big bands, Studio Jazz and the Jazz Lab Band. Students who are interested in auditioning for Studio Jazz should have prior experience in a jazz program, woodwind doubling skills (saxes only) and solo experience. The Jazz Lab Band is open to all students (no audition required) 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 Combos are groups of jazz student musicians committed to the performance of small-group jazz improvisation. These groups perform at various University and community social events throughout the academic year.

Nashville Recording Trip 2017

For more information about the Jazz Bands at Southeast Missouri State University, contact director Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson, jjefferson@semo.edu or (573) 651-2398.


River Campus Seminary 254
Department of Music
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701