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Boise State Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies at Boise State University includes the Boise State Concert Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, private lessons in improvisation and rhythm section instruments, and courses in Jazz Improvisation and Jazz History. The Concert Jazz Band, one of Boise State’s most visible musical groups on campus, performs numerous concerts both on and off campus and throughout the Northwest. Jazz Studies also includes the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, a major two-day event that brings together internationally acclaimed guest artists with students and community members across the Treasure Valley.


Auditions for the 2018 Boise State Jazz Orchestra will be held on a case-by-case basis.  If you are interested, please fill out the following form.  Interviews/auditions will be done during the last two weeks of classes this semester.

  • Jazz at the Amphitheatre 2014

    Jazz Ensemble saxophone section at Centennial Amphitheatre, September 2014.

  • Swing Thing

    Jazz Ensemble performs at the PRSSA Swing Dance, February 2014

  • Jazz at the Amphitheatre 2013

    Jazz Ensemble brass players at the first amphitheatre concert, October 2013

  • Gene Harris Superband

    Steve Owen solos with the Gene Harris Festival Superband, April 2014

  • Boise Jazz Society Residency

    Saxophonist Grace Kelly works with BSU jazz students in a December, 2014 residency sponsored by the Boise Jazz Society.

  • Rolling Stones Project

    Saxophonist Tim Ries and vocalist Bernard Fowler of the Rolling Stones band join the BSU Jazz Ensemble at the Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise, November 2013.