Jazz Orchestra

About Jazz Orchestra

john-rankin-teaching-student-trumpetThe St. Mary’s University Jazz Orchestra under the direction of John Rankin, DMA, was formed in 1980 by the Music Department and continues to be the longest continuously performing university jazz band in San Antonio. Over the years the Jazz Orchestra has been a regular guest at area and regional music festivals including; Jazz’s Alive, University of Houston Jazz Festival, Greehey Jazz Festival (Colo.), Temple College Jazz Festival, Fiesta Jazz Festival, and the Texas Jazz Festival. Outstanding soloists that have been featured with the Jazz Orchestra include; Gordon Goodwin, Rufus Reid, Don Menza, Kevin Mahogany, Bobbby Shew, Wayne Bergeron, Noboku, and James Polk, DMA. Dedicated to performing America’s treasure, jazz music, the ensemble performs class jazz arrangements from all style periods.

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