GW Jazz Orchestra
The GW Jazz Orchestra is GW’s student-run big band. They were founded in March of 2015 and have since performed in diverse locations around the DC area, including at Twins Jazz on U Street and the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. The band is managed by an Executive Board; rehearsals are run collaboratively and creative decisions are informed by the group’s preferences. Repertoire includes classics from the swing era greats like Duke Ellington and Count Basie along with modern additions like Gordon Goodwin, Maynard Ferguson, and more, spanning genres like classic swing, Latin, and funk. Auditions for the Core Band, the GWJO’s primary group of musicians, are held regularly every Fall and every Spring on an ad-hoc basis and typically consist of a sight-reading component, scales, and a prepared jazz standard with piano accompaniment and optional improvisation. Anyone who is interested may also join the Shell Group, the musicians that do not have a “seat” in the band but are included in all organizational activities and sub for Core Members, at any point during the academic year.
The GWJO also sponsors the weekly Jazz Jam Sessions, which happen every https://www.during the semester from in Philips B120. Be sure to follow the Jazz Jams on Facebook for more information: