University of Mary Jazz Ensembles
Under the direction of Dr. Russell Ballenger, the University of Mary Jazz Ensemble is comprised of outstanding student musicians. The ensemble performs a challenging repertoire from the Swing Era through contemporary jazz and performs commissions and new works from outside composers and student composers.
U-Mary Jazz Ensemble is the host band for the University of Mary Jazz Festival which is held annually during the last weekend of January. The ensemble has shared the stage with world-renowned guest artists including Bob Mintzer, Tom "Bones" Malone, Jon Faddis, Don Ellis, Bill Watrous, Jeff Coffin, and Kenny Werner.
Over the years, the ensemble has won numerous awards at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival in Chicago, performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and has released two CDs on the Sea Breeze record label.
Jazz and Steel Band Tour