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The Georgia College Jazz Band

2011 Jazz Band

The Georgia College Jazz Band

The Georgia College Jazz Band has, for years, been known as one of the top jazz ensembles in the state. With a long tradition of excellence, the jazz band continues to amaze audiences with its entertaining and energetic performances.

The Georgia College Jazz Band performs annually throughout the state of Georgia and the southeastern United States. Most recently the group has been selected to perform at the prestigious Kravis Byron Stripling imageCenter for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach Florida as the feature group on their Jazz Festival. These performances in the spring of 1999 and 2000 featured guest artist like jazz trumpet player Byron Stripling and the world famous jazz trombonist, Bill Watrous. In addition to West Palm Beach the GC Jazz Band has performed in Jacksonville, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and in the Orlando area.

Byron Stripling performing in Russell Auditorium


jazz trumpets 

The jazz band also performs as a part of community celebrations like Fest-of-Ville in Milledgeville, The Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, The Reynolds Plantation Arts Festival, in Eatonton, Walk for Cancer fund raiser and the annual Central Georgia Cancer Society silent auction and dinner.







 laura santababy



Each semester the jazz band performs for the University and Milledgeville communities to a packed house in Russell Auditorium on the Georgia College campus.


Vocalist Laura Dees singing "Santa Baby"






Chris Vadala

Their varied repertory of big band swing and contemporary jazz pleases everyone in the audience. Each Spring the band features a guest artist that rehearses and performs with the band and also gives workshops for area high school students and the university music majors. These guest artist have included Bobby Shew, Jim Snidero, Byron Stripling, Ron Carter, and Chris Vadala.

 Chris Vadala live with the GC Jazz Band



Joiner with band


The 18 students that make up this "Big Band" come from all corners of the state and represent a variety of major fields at Georgia College. The jazz band students varied interest represent the liberal arts mission of the university by representing major fields like Chemistry, History, Computer Science, Business, Math, Music Therapy, and Music.







The Georgia College Jazz Band traveled to Europe for a 21 day performance/Study Abroad experience. The group toured and performed through out the Czech Republic. The GC Jazz Band was featured in an International Music Festival in Lettohrad and a Jazz Festival in Tyniste, both in the Czech Republic.  

Jazz Band Concert, Spring 2011
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