The UH Manoa Jazz Ensemble consists primarily of undergraduate students from many different majors.The ensemble maintains a full instrumentation for the study and performance of the finest jazz and contemporary standards. Auditions for the Jazz Ensemble are held before the start of each semester. Please contact Dean Taba for information.
Through rehearsal and performance of a variety of carefully selected jazz ensemble literature, students will increase their knowledge and experience base with focus on professional outcomes and standards. All University of Hawai’i at Manōa students are eligible to enroll in the Jazz Ensemble pending approval of the director.
Ensemble placement and repertoire / part assignments are determined by the director and are intended to provide the most appropriate educational experience for each individual student’s development.
The University of Hawai’i Jazz Ensemble includes the traditional big-band orchestration:
5 Saxophones (2 Alto, 2 Tenor, 1 Bari)
4 Trombones (3 Tenor, 1 Bass)
3-5 Rhythm (Pno, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Aux Perc)
Additional membership/performers are at the director’s discretion.