The jazz ensemble, directed by Dr. Jeffery Waters, rehearses two hours per week. Students perform the standard jazz band repertoire as well as contemporary charts written for the big-band instrumentation: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, bass, guitar, and drums. Selected students may perform in a jazz combo as well. Improvisation is encouraged, although it is not a requirement for the audition. The ensemble performs one or two concerts per semester, including occasional “Jazz Chapel” programs as a feature of the university’s chapel schedule.