JSU Jazz Ensembles provide students with the opportunity to develop skills associated with performance in the jazz idiom while performing a wide variety of contemporary and traditional jazz compositions. The Jazz Ensembles offer all JSU students, music and non-majors alike, the opportunity to perform in jazz ensembles of recognized excellence. Basic concepts that lead to creativity and self-expression in jazz are learned by participating from their experience in large and small jazz ensembles. Because of the improvisatory element basic to jazz, jazz ensembles offer an important and unique opportunity for all students to develop their creative process.
Jazz I is the Jazz Program's premier performing group. The eighteen member ensemble is open by audition to any student at JSU. The rigorous performing schedule includes several campus and community concerts each semester in addition to a tour with the JSU Wind Ensemble in March and a recruiting tour in May. The 3:00 Jazz Ensemble has performed at the prestigious Mobile Jazz Festival in addition to numerous other concert performances and festivals throughout the Southeast.