The Fort Lewis College Jazz Ensemble, is the college's premiere jazz group performing several concerts each semester on and off campus. The ensemble performs a wide variety of styles associated with the jazz idiom. Literature ranges from standards to moderns works composed and arranged by local and national composers. The Jazz Ensemble is the featured group performing at the annual Fort Lewis College Jazz Festival each winter term.

Recent Guest Artist Collaborations Include:

  • Stefan Karlsson Trio
  • Christian McBride
  • Dave Samuels
  • Scotty Barnhart
  • Tim Ries
  • John Fedchock
  • Brad Goode
  • Alex Acuña
  • Chris Vadala
  • Bruce Paulson
  • John Scofield

Jazz Combo

The Fort Lewis Jazz Combo is an important opportunity for any performer that wants to improve improvisation skills and develop their ability to perform in a smaller setting. The group performs a variety of styles from swing to Latin music. The class is open to majors and non-majors.

Jazz Faculty

  • Dr. John O'Neal
    Jazz Ensemble
    Percussion Ensemble
    Mallet Ensemble
    Applied Percussion Lessons
  • Jeff Solon
    Jazz Improvisation
    Applied Jazz Lessons

Jazz Festival Information

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