Jazz Ensemble

Director: Bobbi Thompson

The Western University Jazz Ensemble performs music that encompasses virtually all styles and eras of jazz, encompassing classic repertory from the legendary bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie as well as music from contemporary writers such as Maria Schneider, Wycliff Gordon, and Geoffrey Keezer. The ensemble’s mission is to provide students with the performance skills and pedagogical knowledge needed for successful careers as creative jazz artist-teachers. The ensemble seeks to achieve musical excellence in a professional environment with high expectations.


Audition required. Open to all Western University students. Complete information and audition excerpts can be found here. (excerpts revised August 2, 2018)

 All wind, brass and percussion students planning to audition for this ensemble should complete and bring this form to their audition.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

View course outline for more information or visit the MPS general ensemble information page.

Performances (2018/2019):

Thursday, November 29 - 8:00 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
Featuring special guests: TVDSB Honour Jazz Band
Directors: Seth McNall, Glenn Waugh

Tuesday, February 12 - 12:30 p.m. - Cancelled
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
(This concert is cancelled due to bad weather and will not be rescheduled due to scheduling challenges.)

Thursday, March 28 - 8:00 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
(This concert includes additional planned music.)

Sunday, April 7 - 2:00 p.m.
London Jazz Society, Mocha Shrine Centre, 468 Colborne St., London
Admission: $6 members/$12 non-members
Tickets: Available at the door/doors open at 1:00 p.m.
Visit londonjazzsociety.ca for details

Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Doris Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund Awards which are presented annually to deserving members of the Western University Jazz Ensemble.

Additional community events may be added during the academic year. Check this page for more details as information is confirmed.