jazz band

"Another great reason I loved Cal Poly was the community. In my upper years, I performed every night around the city." —Christine Tavares Mocha (Music, '01), jazz vocalist


Band Leader | Side Man | Arranger | Composer

University Jazz Band rehearsal

A Diverse Toolkit

Everything is related in Jazz: improv, performance, arranging, composing… Each skill informs the others. You’ll have the chance to explore them all at Cal Poly and build a multifaceted toolkit.






In concert with Pat Kelley


No matter your path in Jazz, entrepreneurship is key. You’ll have the chance to collaborate with visiting guest artists in performances, clinics, and recordings where these leaders will help you learn how to be successful in the 21st Century Jazz market.


A Career in Jazz

Our graduates are critically acclaimed instrumentalists and vocalists who perform nationally and internationally. They are arrangers and composers publishing their work and educators inspiring the next generation of musicians.

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Inga Swearingen (Music, '02)

Vocalist, band leader


Christine Tavares-Mocha (Music, '01)

Vocalist, Educator
Valencia High School Choral Director
SCVA Vocal Jazz / Contemporary A Cappella Representative


Darrell Voss (Music, '94)

Percussionist, Educator
Applied Percussion Instructor, Cuesta College