The University of Delaware offers all students the opportunity to audition for the performing jazz ensembles.
Capturing the energy and excitement of big band jazz, Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II are standard instrumentation big bands with saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm sections as well as solo vocalists. The ensembles perform regularly on campus, exploring a wide variety of music, past and present. Each year a well-known guest artist performs with the bands. Past guests include Arturo Sandoval, Harry Connick, Jr., Denis DiBlasio, Phil Woods, John Fedchock, Jeff Coffin, Dizzy Gillespie, Roger Ingram, Ingrid Jensen, Kenny Werner, Steve Wilson and the Brazilian group Minas. Jazz Ensemble I performs frequently off campus in area schools, jazz festivals and concert venues.
The Jazz Chamber Ensembles are smaller combos with flexible instrumentation. The focus is on improvisation and group interaction while playing a wide range of styles.
The UD Jazz Singers is a jazz choir led by Dr. Duane Cottrell.
The Department of Music also offers a minor in jazz studies.