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Jazz Ensembles

Schwob Jazz Orchestra

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The award-winning Schwob Jazz Orchestra (SJO) is the flagship ensemble of the Jazz Studies Program. Under the direction of Dr. Kevin Whalen, this 18-piece large jazz ensemble focuses on presenting the best in contemporary and classic big band music. The band is comprised of many of the finest musicians at the CSU Schwob School of Music, and an audition is required entry into the ensemble. The group actively performs for diverse audiences in Columbus and throughout the southern United States. In January 2018, the Schwob Jazz Orchestra will perform as the featured college jazz ensemble at the Georgia Music Educators Conference Annual In-Service Conference in Athens, Georgia.


Congratulations to the Fall 2017 Schwob Jazz Orchestra!

Kevin Whalen, Director

Nick Johnson, Alto Saxophone 1
Hezekiah Rodgers, Alto Saxophone 2
*Bryan Canonigo, Tenor Saxophone 1
Kirk Habana, Tenor Saxophone 2
Ben Bohannon, Baritone Saxophone

*Matt Gates, Trumpet 1
Harold Villalta, Trumpet 2
Trevor Webb, Trumpet 3
Steven Lukehart/Brandon Fortson, Trumpet 4
Ben Gallogly, Trumpet 5

Brian Hall, Trombone 1
Wesley Shores, Trombone 2
Andrew Sellers, Trombone 3
Daren Ellison, Bass Trombone

Rhythm Section
Don Tiption, Piano
Bass:      A) Yair Ophir                 B) Ian Morrison
Drums:   A) *Tommy Embrich    B) Dan Murray

*Denotes section coordinator



Jazz Combos 

The CSU Jazz Studies Program hosts 2 small jazz ensembles (combos) that offer jazz students the opportunity to focus on the art of improvisation in a chamber environment. The groups feature varied instrumentation but typically include several horn players and a rhythm section. In addition to practicing jazz improvisation in a performing laboratory setting, members are expected to contribute to group's performed repertoire by writing original compositions and arrangements.  An audition is required for entry into small jazz ensembles.

For more information about the CSU Jazz Ensembles, please contact Dr. Kevin Whalen.


Congratulations to the Fall 2017 CSU Jazz Combos!

Schwob Jazz Quintet
Dr. Kevin Whalen, Coach

Bryan Canonigo, Alto Saxophone
Paolo Siqueira, Tenor Saxophone/Bassoon
Yair Ophir, Bass
Isaiah Ellis, Piano
Tommy Embrich, Drum Set

Cannonball Jazz Septet
Dr. Kevin Whalen/Bryan Canonigo, Coach

Hezekiah Rodgers, Alto Saxophone
Elizabeth Schlender, Violin
Nathan Moore, Trumpet
Wesley Shores, Trombone
Ben Gallogly, Piano/Trumpet
Ian Morrison, Bass
Dan Murray, Drums