The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Jazz Ensembles are open to all UW Oshkosh students regardless of major. Auditions are held for all positions in the two jazz big bands at the beginning of each semester. Several jazz combos also meet regularly every semester, with regular campus coffeehouse gigs and late-night jam sessions a staple of UWO campus life.
The UWO Jazz Ensemble, directed by Marty Robinson, is the premiere jazz group and rehearses four times weekly and performs a minimum of two major concerts on campus each semester as well as occasional off-campus special events. In addition, the jazz ensemble travels to national jazz festivals and often tours regionally to high schools around Wisconsin. Several nationally known guest artists have appeared and/or worked with the UWO Jazz Ensemble in recent years:
Scotty Barnhart, Derrick Gardner, John McNeil, Valery Ponomarev, Bobby Shew, Byron Stripling
David Bixler, Tom Gullion, Jim Snidero, Tom Washatka
Tom Garling, Andy Martin, Dean Sorenson
Carl Allen, drums
Bryan Anthony, vocals
Avishai Cohen, bass
Richard Davis, bass
John Harmon, piano
Mary Louise Knutson, piano
Dennis Mackrel, drums
Steve March-Torme, vocals
Ted Piltzecker, vibraphone
Janet Planet, vocals
Joey Alexander, piano
Russell Hall, bass
Mark Whitfield, Jr., drums
Jazz Lab Band
The UWO Jazz Lab Band, directed by Gordon Lewis, performs its own concerts every semester and is a great opportunity for underclassmen and music education students, in particular, to get a jazz big band experience. Music in both big bands is chosen to represent the diversity of the jazz area and includes the numerous styles and eras that help define “America’s musical art form.” Improvisation, an essential element of jazz, is strongly encouraged by all members of the ensemble though is not required for participation.
Fall 2018 Audition Information
Please see the Jazz Ensembles Audition Information Sheet.
For Audition music, click on the appropriate link below. Contact Dr. Marty Robinson with any questions.
Auditions will consists of some scales, the prepared jazz etude (also available outside N234), sight reading, and improvisation (optional) with Dr. Robinson accompanying at the piano. Students auditioning for Rhythm Section can prepare any jazz piece in lieu of the jazz etude. Drummers should be prepared to demonstrate various styles of jazz drumming in their auditions.
Auditions will be held from Wednesday, September 5th through Friday, September 7th. Please sign up for a 10-minute time slot on the board outside Dr. Robinson’s office, N234.
UW Oshkosh Department of Music
800 Algoma Blvd.
Arts & Communication Center
Oshkosh, WI 54901