Jazz Program

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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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See Alumnus Dominic Armstrong in Christmas PerformanceSee Alumnus Dominic Armstrong in Christmas Performance

December 15, 2020

Truman and the Lyceum Committee are pleased to bring performances directly to your home this season. Please join us (virtually) on December 17th at 7:00 p.m. (CST) as alumnus Dominic Armstrong (’02) brings a joyous concert celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday and the holiday season. Dominic will be joined by his wife, soprano Ashley Emerson, as […]

Woodwinds Students Receive Awards at 2020 MMTA CompetitionWoodwinds Students Receive Awards at 2020 MMTA Competition

November 18, 2020

The Missouri Music Teachers Association hosts an annual statewide competition, and this year Truman was well represented with numerous students receiving awards in the Collegiate Woodwind category.  These students worked above and beyond by learning three contrasting solos, paying the extra audition and accompanist fees, and making/uploading their audition videos.  It was an extremely beneficial learning […]

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Jazz Band Performance
October 1 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Truman State Orchestra Concert
October 2 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm

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