USU Jazz Ensemble



Photograph of the 2016 - 2017 Jazz Ensemble


The USU Jazz Ensemble is directed by Greg Wheeler, and meets three times a week at 2:00. It is made up of five saxophones (alto, tenor, and baritone), four trumpets, four trombones, piano, guitar, bass, and drums, and performs a variety of big band and contemporary jazz music. Auditions for the entire year are held the first week of school in the fall, but it is possible to challenge current members and replace them. The audition is based solely on ability to sightread a piece of big band music, and those interested in soloing will be asked to improv. Jazz Ensemble plays four times a year at USU, in addition to occasional performances at festivals and high schools. Its 2016-2017 members include:


  • Alto I: Jay Elliott
  • Alto II: Adam Shank
  • Tenor I: Branson Bell
  • Tenor II: Josh Gray
  • Baritone: Kaleb Esplin


  • Justyn Hall
  • Keri Hunter
  • Matt Dean
  • Devin Parsons
  • Kelsey Gittins


  • Natalie Fronk
  • Kyle Finlinson
  • Jacob Jewkes
  • Stewart Houser

Rhythm Section

  • Keys: Rebekah Pratt
  • Guitar: Jaxon Garrick & Aaron Larsen
  • Bass: Whitney Eliason & Preston Smith
  • Drums: Jason Piers & Mike Scarboro

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