The Drexel University Instrumental Jazz Ensembles consist of 3 groups: the Jazz Orchestra, the Jazztet and the Saxtet. Acceptance into all 3 groups is by audition only. Trumpeters, trombonists, saxophonists, pianists, bassists, guitarists, drummers, vocalists, and other musicians who have sufficient technical proficiency are welcome to audition. The ability to improvise is a plus, but not a necessity. The Jazz Orchestra performs at least one time per quarter on regularly scheduled concerts and sometimes give additional performance both on and off campus. The Jazztet is a small group ranging in size from 5 to eight musicians. This ensemble performs small group masterpieces such as literature associated with Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Cliffored Brown, John Coltrane, and others. The Saxtet is a small ensemble made up of saxophones, usually in a quartet configuration. The saxtet performs music in a wide variety of styles, including spirituals, blues, ragtime, and jazz.
Performance Scholarships are available for the Jazz Orchestra. Auditions are normally held during Accepted Students Weekends in March and April, but may be arranged at any time by contacting director Dr. George Starks.