UMW Jazz Ensemble
Doug Gately, Director
The ensemble is made up of students majoring in all areas of study. The UMW Jazz Ensemble performs contemporary jazz arrangements as well as standard big band literature. Members receive instruction in performance techniques, jazz history, theory, improvisation, and an analysis of elements of style and interpretation of music found within the jazz idiom. The Ensemble performs for various events on and off campus. Major concerts are presented each semester. In the fall the ensemble presents the Jazz 4 Justice™ concert and in the spring the UMW Jazz Ensemble hosts the annual UMW Jazz Festival, performing with national and international “name” Jazz Artists. Within this ensemble are smaller groups that perform at various events on and off campus. The ensemble is open to all students by audition.
For more information contact the UMW Music Dept. at (540) 654 – 1012
[All events are free and open to the public unless noted]
Feb 12 – Black History Month Celebration, Hurley Convergence Center, 7:30 pm.
April 8 – Faculty Jazz Combo at Gari Melcher’s Studio Pavilion, Belmont, 4:pm
April 15 – UMW Jazz Festival, Dodd Auditorium, 4-6 pm
- Special Guest: saxophonist, Chris Vadala
Nov 3, 2018 – Jazz 4 Justice™, 7:30 pm., Dodd Auditorium, GW Hall (tickets required)
Watch video: www.vimeo.com/131800821
UMW’s Jazz Ensemble has joined the Fredericksburg Area Bar Association and Legal Aid Works℠ (formally Rappahannock Legal Services) to present a special concert, Jazz 4 Justice™, on Nov 4 at 7:30 pm. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. An informal jam session open to all musicians in attendance will follow the performance. Tickets are required. General admission tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Visitor Center at 706 Caroline St.
Legal Aid Works℠ at 500 Lafayette Blvd.
Roberson’s Music at 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway
Creative Music Academy at 7001 Harrison Road
Will-call tickets can also be purchased online at Legal Aid Works℠. Net proceeds from the event will benefit UMW Jazz Ensemble and Legal Aid Works℠ an area nonprofit that provides critically needed civil legal assistance for domestic relations and other types of cases. The money will help fund legal services for low-income area individuals and families and provide scholarships for UMW music students.
“I love playing in the UMW Jazz Ensemble. The scholarship I receive through Jazz4Justice™ makes it possible for me to participate in this great ensemble. Performing with this ensemble has given me the opportunity to make myself a better musician through studying challenging music and collaborating with community members and professionals within the ensemble.”
Lead Trumpet, UMW Jazz Ensemble
"I couldn't name a better ensemble to be able to play with here at UMW. The UMW Jazz Ensemble has allowed me the great pleasure of performing nearly every genre of jazz music side by side with community members and professors who have become my friends over the years. The Jazz4Justice™, scholarship I receive allows me to further my jazz education and playing by performing in this ensemble and learning from the legends I have the honor to perform with and be taught by."
Lead trombone, UMW Jazz Ensemble