Jazz at Ole Miss
The Mississippians Jazz Ensemble is an 18-piece big band under the direction of Dr. Michael Worthy. Members of the band are University of Mississippi undergraduate and graduate students majoring in music and other academic disciplines. Students enroll for academic credit and meet for three fifty-minute rehearsals per week on MWF at 12:00. The band performs on campus several times throughout the year and recently performed at the 2012 Jazz Education Network National Conference in Louisville, KY. Recent guest artists and clinicians include Jeff Coffin & The Mu’tet, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Mark Taylor, Jim Snidero, Marcus Printup, Elliot Mason, and Ali Jackson.
The Collegians Jazz Ensemble offers students the opportunity to learn the various styles that are common in big band performance, including swing, latin, rock and funk. The Collegians perform a concert each semester.
Jazz combos provide students the opportunity to explore improvisation, arranging and composing.
Auditions for 2014-15
Auditions for the Mississippians and the Collegians jazz ensembles are held at the beginning of the academic year during the first week of the fall semester. Placements are typically for one year. The audition includes a prepared jazz etude (available in the Band Office beginning Aug. 18), sight reading and an opportunity to improvise. Wind instrumentalists may sign up for a Monday, Aug. 25 or Tuesday, Aug. 26 audition time slot and rhythm section instrumentalists may sign up for a Wednesday, Aug. 27 audition time slot.