Gonzaga University’s Jazz Program consists of four jazz combos, two jazz ensembles, jazz history classes, and jazz improvisation lessons offered on every instrument. The Jazz Performance Minor prepares students to continue performing jazz after completing their degree regardless of what career they choose to pursue. Jazz educators/guest artists are invited often to perform with the Jazz Ensembles and Combos and conduct jazz theory clinics or instrumental master classes. Past guest artists/clinicians include John Clayton, Shelly Berg, Pete Christleib, Bobby Shew, and Conrad Herwig.
The Jazz Combos provide students the opportunity to play in small jazz groups (4-7 players). Students develop improvisational skills, become familiar with performance etiquette, and learn to transcribe/ arrange tunes using the music notation program Sibelius. Students are taught the skills necessary to continue playing jazz after leaving the University. The Jazz Combos perform several times each semester.
The Jazz Program is directed by David Fague, Senior Lecturer of Music, who is a long time member of the Spokane Jazz Orchestra as well as an active performer in the Spokane jazz community on saxophones, bass, and vocals in a variety of genres including jazz, funk, pop, rock, and country.
Students interested in Jazz Combos should contact David Fague at email@example.com.
Auditions take place at the beginning of each semester.
Jazz Program Graduates
- Have pursued graduate degrees at schools such as USC Thornton's School of Music
- Recorded albums
- Perform successfully as freelance musicians in major US cities including Seattle, New York, Portland and Los Angeles
Jazz Program Scholarships
Students of all majors are eligible to audition for and receive scholarships to participate in the Jazz Combos and Jazz Ensemble.
Jazz Rehearsal Videos