Jazz Lab Bands

David Bixler, director, jazz lab band I
Rehearsals: TR 12:45–2:15 p.m.

Jeff Halsey, director, jazz lab band II
Rehearsals: TR 12:45–2:15 p.m.

Founded in the early 1960s, the Jazz Lab Bands are the large ensembles of the jazz studies program. The bands regularly appear at jazz festivals including over 20 appearances at the prestigious Elmhurst Collegiate Jazz Festival. The bands emphasize student learning through repertoire study and improvisation training. The Jazz Lab Bands are open to both music majors and non-majors.

Chamber Jazz Ensembles

Chamber jazz or combo experience is vital to the jazz program at BGSU. All groups meet twice a week for rehearsal. One concert is required for each ensemble per semester. Additionally, each group plays in a master class setting giving a mini-concert for their peers and faculty. Additional opportunities exist for gigs and school community concerts.

Jazz Guitar Ensemble

Founded in 1985 by Chris Buzzelli, the group performs a variety of pieces ranging from standard and modern jazz to original music composed specifically for the group by Buzzelli. The ensemble also performs a number of off-campus concerts each year. The ensemble also sponsors appearances by guest artists including jazz guitarists Cal Collins and Tal Farlow. It has made appearances at both the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference and the Ohio Music Education Association Conference.

The Classical Guitar Ensemble has participated in the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival. Recently, we have acquired a number of alto, bass and contrabass guitars for use in the Classical Guitar Ensemble.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble
(not offered at the present time)

The 12-voice Vocal Jazz Ensemble (VJE) performs a variety of music in the vocal jazz tradition: solo and tight-harmony choral music in the style of groups such as The Manhattan Transfer or The Real Group. The ensemble, which includes a rhythm section made up of BGSU students, each year explores a wide variety of musical styles and genres from bebop to show tunes. The group has already enthusiastic response through its performances on campus and at off-campus sites such at the Manor House at Toledo’s Wildwood MetroPark.

Upcoming Jazz Events

Updated: 05/15/2023 04:21PM