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 Friday during the semester from 5-7pm in Philips B120. Be sure to follow the Jazz Jams on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/gwjazzjams/
 
The GWJO rehearses on Sunday afternoons, 3-5pm. Feel free to reach out via email gwjazzorch@gwu.edu with any questions about the GWJO. Be sure to check out their website at http://www.gwjazzorchestra.com for concert photos, audio recordings, performance schedules, and more, and like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gwjazzorchestra

Students & Faculty-Artists Perform on Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage

Students & Faculty-Artists Perform on Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage

During the 2015 Institute, students and faculty-artists performed a recital of chamber music in front of a packed audience at The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Missed the performance? Watch it here!