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1.17.2 Jazz Repertory Ensemble: MULB 1818/5174.518

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble is a 15 - 20 member group dedicated to performing classic and historical jazz. Repertoire consists of transcriptions of classics from Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus and others. Smaller groups may be formed from the larger ensemble to perform classic ragtime, New Orleans jazz, cool jazz octets, etc. The ensemble meets three times weekly for one hour rehearsals. The Jazz Repertory Ensemble is directed by Rodney Booth.

1.17.1 Guitar Ensembles: MULB 1817/5174.517

The guitar ensembles are some of the many diverse performing groups at UNT. 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, comping and soloing. Currently, there are two ensembles with instrumentations of five guitars, bass and drums.
The L-5 specializes in blues, rock, and electric avant-garde, and the Super 400 primarily

2. Undergraduate Degree Programs

The Jazz Studies curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, with areas of specialization in Instrumental Performance, Jazz Arranging, and Vocal Performance. Degree plans for each of these areas (outlined by semester) are found here: http://music.unt.edu/advising/degree2014.php

Each jazz major is individually responsible for following the degree plan written for his/her area of specialization, and seeking advice regularly from the College of Music undergraduate advising office.

1.16.6 Lab Band Policies

All Lab Bands rehearse daily (Monday through Thursday) for one hour. Substitutes may be sent a maximum of six times during a semester (three times for students who play only twice a week) according to the following guidelines:
1. The substitute is qualified (currently enrolled at North Texas, preferably playing in the next higher or lower band).
2. Twenty-four hours advance notice must be given, except in the case of a verifiable illness or emergency.
3. The music folder must be at the rehearsal.

1.16.5 Lab Band Assignments

1. Determining factors for Lab Band assignments are:
a. Sight reading skills.
b. Sound (color and tone quality)
c. Intonation
d. Stylistic interpretation
e. Performance evaluations from the previous semester in Lab Band (continuing students)
f. Hours available to perform, as indicated on the student's Lab Band Information Form.
2. Auditioners may request performance of a prepared selection.
3. Jazz Chair auditions are held separately.

1.16.4 What to expect in lab band auditions

Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone Auditions:
Sight reading music in ballad, medium and fast swing, and in straight eighth funk/Latin styles.
Evaluations are in areas of tone quality, intonation, time feel, note accuracy, and jazz conception.

Jazz Chairs (Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone):
By permission only (after having passed the reading audition). Evaluations are based upon improvisational skills.

Guitar Auditions:
Sight reading of chord symbols and single-note melodies, improvisation, and prepared chord solos.

1.16.3 Lab Band Auditions

1. Auditions are held during registration each long semester. Sign up sheets are posted on the respective faculty member's door or bulletin board.
2. A student who registers late must make arrangements with appropriate faculty to schedule an audition.
3. Students may audition for lab band on more than one instrument.
4. Students who are assigned to more than one lab band (on different instruments) must enroll for a corresponding number of additional credits. See the administrative assistant in the Jazz Studies Office.


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