Jazz Ensemble











The Jazz Program at ISU is lead by directors Dr. Jim Bovinette and Michael Giles. Our ensembles consist of two student big bands and three to five jazz combos each semester. Dr. Bovinette has directed the jazz ensemble program since 1995, and has featured the band in more that 100 performances in the Martha Ellen Tye Recital Hall home to all the bands regular concerts. The band students have been featured with guest artists such as Marc Colby, Ron Carter, Reggie Thomas, Damani Phillips, Brian Blade, Joe Lovano, Christian McBride, JoAnne Brackeen, and Dick Oatts. The ISU Jazz Ensemble has had the honor to be featured at the Iowa Jazz Championships, the Iowa Music Educators Association annual convention, in concert with the Central Iowa Symphony, and with the Village Vanguard at Stephans Auditorium. The band has also been recognized for its achievements and soloist at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival, the Greeley Jazz Festival, and the Eau Claire Jazz Festival.