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Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble in Rehearsal 1

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Jazz Ensembles are open to all UW Oshkosh students regardless of major. Auditions are held for all positions in the two jazz big bands at the beginning of each semester. Several jazz combos also meet regularly every semester, with regular campus coffeehouse gigs and late-night jam sessions a staple of UWO campus life.

Fall 2017 Jazz Ensembles Audition Information

For Audition music, please click on the appropriate link below.
Contact Dr. Marty Robinson with any questions.

Auditions will consists of some scales, the prepared jazz etude (available here online and outside N 234), sight-reading, and improvisation (optional) with Dr. Marty Robinson accompanying at the piano. Students auditioning for Rhythm Section can prepare any jazz piece in lieu of the jazz etude. Drummers should be prepared to demonstrate various styles of jazz drumming in their auditions.

Auditions will be held from Wednesday, September 6th through Friday, September 8th. Please sign-up for a 10-minute time slot on the board outside N 234, Dr. Marty Robinson’s office.

Please fill out the following information sheet and bring to your audition: Student Information Sheet

The UWO Jazz Ensemble, directed by Marty Robinson, is the premiere jazz group and rehearses four times weekly and performs a minimum of two major concerts on campus each semester as well as occasional off-campus special events. In addition, the jazz ensemble travels to national jazz festivals and often tours regionally to high schools around Wisconsin. Several nationally known guest artists have appeared and/or worked with the UWO Jazz Ensemble in recent years:


Scotty Barnhart, Derrick Gardner, John McNeil, Valery Ponomarev, Bobby Shew, Byron Stripling


David Bixler, Tom Gullion, Jim Snidero, Tom Washatka


Tom Garling, Andy Martin, Dean Sorenson

Rhythm Section:

Carl Allen, drums
Bryan Anthony, vocals
Avishai Cohen, bass
Richard Davis, bass
John Harmon, piano
Mary Louise Knutson, piano
Dennis Mackrel, drums
Steve March-Torme, vocals
Ted Piltzecker, vibraphone
Janet Planet, vocals
Joey Alexander, piano
Russell Hall, bass
Mark Whitfield, Jr., drums


The UWO Jazz Lab Band, directed by Dale Shipe, performs its own concerts every semester and is a great opportunity for underclassmen and music education students, in particular, to get a jazz big band experience. Music in both big bands is chosen to represent the diversity of the jazz area and includes the numerous styles and eras that help define “America’s musical art form.” Improvisation, an essential element of jazz, is strongly encouraged by all members of the ensemble though is not required for participation.

For more information contact Dr. Marty Robinson at (920) 424-7015 or email

Jazz Ensemble in Rehearsal 2


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