Jazz Ensemble



ISU Jazz Ensembles

The jazz ensembles at Iowa State University play exciting repertoire with like-minded individuals in a positive and challenging environment. The members of the ISU Jazz Ensembles experience quality music, professional instruction, and unique performance opportunities.

These groups play a balance of traditional repertoire, modern music, swing band sets, and brand-new compositions. Creative programming is occasionally augmented with guest artist performances. Off-campus concerts include split-shows with high school groups, regional festivals, and university honor events. On-campus performances happen in the Martha-Ellen Tye recital hall, outfitted with a state-of-the-art live recording setup and qualified sound engineers to broadcast our shows around the globe through our live webcast. Ensemble rosters combine music majors with students from all types of degree study, undergraduates and graduate students, people with diverse backgrounds and life experiences – all with the shared goal of playing great music with interesting people in a fun environment.

The ISU jazz ensembles have had the privilege to work alongside noted jazz artists David Berkman, Jim Snidero, Reggie Thomas, Mike Vax, Ron Carter, Mike Lee, Arthur Lipner, Rick Haydon, and members of the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. They have also appeared at Stephens Auditorium, the Des Moines Civic Center, the Maintenance Shop, the Elmhurst Jazz Festival, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, and the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival.

Mike Giles is the Director of Jazz Studies at ISU. He operates and oversees two big bands and a handful of combos. Learn more about Mr. Giles.