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Department of Music
1660 Pinder Ave.
206 Foster Tanner Music Bldg.
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Jazz Ensemble

Mr. Lindsey B. Sarjeant, Director

The Florida A&M University Jazz Ensemble I is one of three jazz ensembles in the Music Department.  It is composed of eighteen musicians selected from approximately four hundred musicians in the total university band program.  The Jazz Ensemble is noted for its diversity of styles and very capable jazz musicians.  The Jazz Band performs for conventions, jazz festivals, concert tours, school concerts and many other occasions that demand a jazz group with artistic and stylistic excellence.  The Florida A&M University Jazz Ensembles have several jazz combos that are composed of fine musicians.  These combos perform with the Jazz Ensemble and play for many performances on and off campus.

The Florida A&M University Jazz Ensemble is ranked nationally among the top collegiate Jazz Ensembles and has been invited to participate at most Jazz Festivals across the country.  Recently, the Jazz Ensemble won first place at the Count Basie Jazz Festival at Hampton University.  Soloist from each section won the most outstanding soloist awards.  In July of 1995, the Jazz Ensemble traveled to Europe to participate in the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.  In addition to the Montreux Jazz Festival the band gave major performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague Netherlands, Euro Disney in Paris, a Jazz Festival in Breinz and Verbier Switzerland.