The UTM Big Band, directed by Dr. Kurt Gorman, displays the diversity, vibrancy and artistry of jazz, America's greatest art form through the medium of the traditional big band. A UTM Big Band performance features Swing Era charts by Duke Ellington and Count Basie, as well as a wide array contemporary compositions, Latin jazz, and funk charts. The group presents the repertoire of jazz standards, from songs by Gershwin or Rodgers and Hart, to the compositions of Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis. The UTM Big Band performs one full-length concert oncampus each semester, as well as other appearances at various community events.
The UTM Small Jazz Group is comprised of select players from the UTM Big Band to practice and cultivate the fine art of jazz improvisation. The ensemble holds jam sessions open to the community of UTM students and to the general public. For more information about information about performing with jazz ensembles at UTM or for information about upcoming events, please contact Dr. Kurt Gorman, (731) 881-7404