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NMC Jazz Ensembles

The NMC Jazz Ensembles include both community members and traditional college students. They rehearse once a week and perform at least one concert each semester. Groups include: Jazz Lab Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Big Band.

Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Big Band - Chris Bickley, Interim Director

Open to community members and college students, the NMC Jazz Band is a course for the performer with a focus on big band jazz ensemble techniques and styles. A wide range of jazz styles are covered including swing, be-bop, ballads, rock/fusion and Latin. Some improvisation is explored and always encouraged, though it is not the main focus. A minimum of one concert will be performed each semester and all members are required to attend and participate in all scheduled performances. Details for rehearsals and performances announced in class. This course may also be taken for academic credit. New students should arrange an audition, email cbickley@nmc.edu.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble - Mike Davis, Director

This small ensemble of men’s and women’s voices rehearses and performs vocal jazz works. Develop skills in vocal jazz styles, blending harmonies, microphone technique, and jazz theory. This course may also be taken for academic credit. New students should arrange an audition, email mdavis@nmc.edu.

If you are interested in learning more about the programs or becoming a member of one of the groups, contact the NMC Humanities Office at (231) 995-1325.

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