The Florida College Jazz Ensemble performs many musical styles including swing, Latin, rock and others. In addition to regular semester concerts, our performances include select Falcon Days concerts for prospective students and parents, the annual Jazz Holiday event in December, the Lectureship concert and the Coffee vs. Curfew event in April. This group may also tour with the Wind Ensemble. Members must also be enrolled in wind ensemble, with the exception of some rhythm section players and vocalists.
The academic credits from these classes count as electives toward graduation requirements.
For more information about the Jazz Ensemble, please contact Professor Brian Rainwater.
How much time is required?
- Wind ensemble calls for M/W/F rehearsals (one hour each) and jazz ensemble calls for T/R rehearsals (one hour each)
- No individual playing exams or fundraising
- We are also able to take two to four weeks off a semester!
Most band students typically make the dean’s list or honor roll. Band members also have time to be involved in many other activities such as yearbook, chorus, Friends, drama, sports and cheerleading. Many are employed on or off campus.
What level of music do the bands play?
The literature we perform is consistent with that of most colleges, as many of the band members earned honors in high school, such as all-state or all-county. Much of the music we play has been performed and recorded by professional ensembles.
Does the College have instruments I can use?
- The larger and more expensive instruments are furnished by the College at no expense.
- Some smaller instruments are also available for students who do not own one or need an upgrade.
- Reeds, oil, grease, mutes, sticks, etc. are also provided free of charge.
I haven’t practiced all summer. Will I have to try out?
Most students don’t play in the summer. After one or two weeks of rehearsing, band members are easily “back into shape.” There is currently no audition to be in the bands, except for jazz ensemble rhythm section players.