Jazz Program

Music Major & Minor

If you like to swing, there are many opportunities for you at Truman. You can perform in one of the large Jazz Ensembles or small Jazz Combos, pursue the Jazz Minor, and take classes in Jazz Improvisation, Arranging, Pedagogy, and History.

The annual JazzFest brings opportunities to perform and learn from world-famous musicians – recent guest artists have included:

  • Clark Terry
  • Slide Hampton
  • Jon Faddis
  • Bill Watrous
  • Randy Brecker
  • John Abercrombie
  • Matt Wilson
  • Ben Allison
  • Ingred Jensen
  • Ethan Iverson

Preparing for Lives That Matter

We’re proud of our jazz alumni who are currently working as professional jazz performers and educators:

  • Jo Ann Daugherty (Chicago, IL)
  • Bill McKemy (Kansas City, MO)
  • Ken Kehner (Jefferson City, MO)
  • Bob Long (St. Joseph, MO)
  • Mike Metheny (Kansas City, MO)
  • Dave Kobberdahl (Des Moines, IA)
  • Wayne Page (Des Moines, IA)

If you have any questions about the Jazz Program at Truman, contact Professor Tim AuBuchon.

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Hannah Gallamore receives Grand PrizeHannah Gallamore receives Grand Prize

March 16, 2020

Graduate percussion student, Hannah Gallamore, received the Grand Prize at the 13th Annual Missouri Percussive Arts Marimba Competition, collegiate division.  The competition took place Fri-Sat., March 6-7th at the Cowan Civic Center, Lebanon, Missouri.  Guest Adjudicator for the event was internationally-renowned marimba artist, Svet Stoyanov.  Hannah competed against students from throughout the Midwest, hailing from […]

Guest Percussion Trio ConcertGuest Percussion Trio Concert

November 4, 2019

The percussion trio TROIKA will perform a guest artist concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Originally from New York City, the trio specializes in performances of new works for percussion written by some of today’s most innovative composers. In addition to traditional percussion instruments, they will be utilizing an array […]

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