Jazz Ensemble

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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 Ensembles are 18-piece big bands that provide students the opportunity to perform some of the best big band literature from classic big bands like the Count Basie and Stan Kenton Orchestras to more modern writers such as Maria Schneider. Jazz I regularly reconfigures into a smaller, more specialized ensemble incorporating more electronic instruments to perform fusion-based music by bands such as Snarky Puppy.

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 the Jazz Ensemble should contact David Fague at fague@gonzaga.edu.

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.

Gonzaga Jazz Ensemble Student Center Performance - Cat Battles



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