Jazz Big Band

Big Band on stage

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The Westfield State University Jazz Big Band carries on a tradition that originated during the Swing Era when jazz occupied the forefront of American popular music. Comprised of four sections of instruments including saxophones, trombones, trumpets, and rhythm, the band rehearses and performs a wide variety of musical styles both classic and contemporary, often featuring compositions and arrangements from the libraries of famous and historically important jazz orchestras like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Gordon Goodwin, Charles Mingus and many more. In addition to gaining familiarity with some important musical literature, the Jazz Big Band experience helps participating musicians develop and practice skills necessary to work to variety of professional settings such as Broadway-style pit orchestras, dance bands and show bands.

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