The Ouachita Jazz Band is dedicated to the study and performance of outstanding jazz ensemble/big band literature. Emphasis is placed on learning different jazz styles, ensemble techniques and improvisational skills. The Jazz Band instrumentation is the standard big band instrumentation of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section. The band also features vocalists.
The Ouachita Jazz Band performs campus concerts, jazz festivals, special engagements and regional tours throughout the academic year.
Membership in the Ouachita Jazz Band is open to all students of Ouachita Baptist University through an audition. The ensemble is auditioned each semester. Fall auditions are held the week of registration. Spring auditions are held in November before the Spring semester. The Ouachita Jazz Band rehearses on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 -12:50 Fall and Spring semesters. Members of the Jazz Band receive one-half hour of academic credit.
For more information about the Ouachita Jazz Band please contact Dr. Craig Hamilton.