Guitar Ensembles

Jazz Guitar Labs, MULB 1817/5174.517

The guitar ensembles are some of the many diverse performing groups at UNT. Fred Hamilton, Professor in Jazz Studies, coordinates them. In these ensembles, guitarists have the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform in a section of five or more guitars. This helps the student focus on reading skills, ensemble blend, group articulations, utilization of electric effects, comping and soloing. The premier group, the L-5, specializes in jazz, blues, rock, and electric avant-garde. The ensemble recorded a CD in 2002, which was released in 2003, titled the Quilt Master, available through UNT.

The L-5 and The Super 400
The L-5 meets Monday through Thursday from 5:00-5:50 in room 262. It will perform more electric and free styles of compositions. The instrumentation is five guitars, bass and drums.
The other guitar ensembles are called the 335 and the Super 400. The Super 400 meets in room 263 from 1:00-1:50 and the 335 meets in the same room from 2:00-2:50 on Monday and Wednesday.

Objectives: To write, rehearse and perform great music. Each member of the ensemble is required to write a guitar ensemble arrangement to receive an "A" for the semester grade.

Attendance is mandatory. If there is a reason you cannot attend a rehearsal, you must speak with the instructor and provide a competent sub.

Performances- There will be at least one performance in Kenton, one at The Syndicate in the UNT Student Union and possible off-campus performances. Everyone is required to perform unless arranged with the instructor.

Grades are based on the ensemble arrangement, preparation of parts and attendance at all rehearsals and performances.
Equipment: the school has amplifiers available, however, you should bring any effects pedals or processors for that individual sound you are trying to find. Solid body guitars are necessary for the L-5 ensemble.

The Quiltmaster
The new CD by the UNT L5 Guitar Ensemble, The Quiltmaster, is now available. The cost is $15. To order see the recordings page.
Excerpts in mp3 format:
"Movement" by Gary Melvin
"East St. Louis Whipping Post" by Kevin Brunkhorst
"La Smiley Girl" by Kevin Patton
"Waltz For Bill" by Fred Hamilton
Photos from the studio (add link when photo directory is done).