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Jazz Ensemble [MUSC 112/212/312/412 (001)]


You can still audition by coming to a live audition/rehearsal.

Tuesday, September 7th at 4pm – 5:15pm
Thursday, September 9th at 2:30pm – 3:50
Rehearsal Hall, Room 115
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
More info, email Greg Runions – runionsg@queensu.ca

MUSC 112/212/312/412 (001)/1.5 Jazz Ensemble

Director, Greg Runions

The DAN School Jazz Ensemble has provided an outlet for students from all faculties to create and perform music from the jazz and big band repertoire.  Since its inception, student musicians who have an interest in jazz and popular music have been able to come together to collaborate and create inspiring performances of classic and modern big band music. Recent performances have included works by big band masters Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Sammy Nestico, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Nelson Riddle.  The band has also performed works by many current exponents of big band composition. They have recently performed the music of Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Vince Mendoza, Jim McNeeley and Mike Holober. By exposing students to a wide variety of classic and contemporary big band repertoire, students gain an insight into the intricacies of rehearsing and performing classic and contemporary big band music.

While the DAN School does not have a jazz performance program, the jazz ensemble has given many aspiring jazz and blues musicians a place to practice and refine their craft while they are pursuing their studies at Queen’s University.

In 2019, the jazz ensemble presented “Blues in the Night”.  This evening was a celebration of past ensemble alumni in solo ensemble performances and featured soloists with the current big band. Guest artists, who were jazz ensemble alumni, included Brian O’Kane (trumpet), Andrew Rathbun (saxophone), Ali Berkok (piano), Dave Barton (guitar), Yoon Sun Choi (voice), Taylor Donaldson (trombone and arranger) and Mike Cassells (drums).

If you are looking to find a community of like-minded musicians to share your interest in jazz performance, and connect with musicians on campus with whom you can build long-term musical relationships, then you should consider auditioning for this year’s jazz ensemble.

Weekly Rehearsal Times
Tuesday: 4:00-5:30 pm
Thursday: 2:30-4:00 pm

Concert Dates for the 2021/22 Academic Year 

Friday, November 25, 2022, 7:30 pm
Friday, March 31, 2022, 7:30 pm

Learning Hours: 168 (72Pc;96P)

Prerequisite: Permission of the School upon audition.

Note: Students will be registered into the course number that matches their current level of study. (i.e: if a student is in third year, they will be registered in MUSC 312).

Application & Audition Information    

Auditions will be done by online video submission. Please consult the Ensemble Auditions webpage for instructions. The link below will connect you to a PDF of the music to be prepared for the audition.


All auditions/applications will be submitted through the 2022-23 DAN SCHOOL ENSEMBLE APPLICATION AND AUDITION FORM. Applications due date is August 22, 2022 at 8 pm.