University Jazz Band members

University Jazz Bands

Cal Poly Jazz Ensembles provide opportunities for students to learn the jazz language through performance of literature from the great bands of all eras, arranging and composition of new works, and improvisation based on the masters of the music. They participate in a varied and exciting schedule of events that include:

  • Performances on and off campus, including concerts at the Performing Arts Center, for local jazz festivals, and others
  • Repertoire from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, among others, as well as new music from faculty and students
  • Touring regionally and internationally. Recent tours include in London in 2016, Puerto Rico in 2011, and China in 2004
  • Clinics and workshops with renowned jazz musicians (Peter Erskine and Joe Locke, 2019)


  • Auditions
    • Prepare a short piece — a transcription, for example —of your choosing, improvise on the blues, and sight read. Visit the Jazz Bands website for more information.

    • Students who have auditioned and been accepted will enroll in one or more of the following:
      • Jazz Ensemble (University Jazz Band I) MU 170-01 or MU 370-01
        Rehearsal: MTWF 11:10—12 p.m.
      • Vocal Jazz members will enroll in MU 171-72 or MU 371-72. Rehearsals MWF 9:30-10:30 a.m. Email the director if you'd like to audition.
      • Combo members will enroll in MU 171-73 or MU 371-73. Rehearsals TBA
      • Note: First-years and sophomores enroll in lower division courses, juniors and seniors in upper division courses
  • If you have questions about participating in the jazz bands, the auditions or just want more information, email the Director of Bands