MU Jazz Bands

Millersville University Jazz Bands







MU Jazz Bands…

…Are open to ALL students.
...May be taken for academic credit.


Dr. Keith Wiley - Director, MU Jazz Ensemble

Prof. Ryan Kauffman - Director, MU Jazz Lab
717-871-4700 (to leave a message with front office)


Audition Times Sign-Up Sheet Posted near Room 215

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 4:30-10:00 PM Winter VPAC - Room 100

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 10:00-11:30 AM; 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Winter VPAC - Room TBD


ALL INSTRUMENTS (Except Drums) - Prepare the following:

ALL INSTRUMENTS (Including Drums)



  • Demonstrate 8 - 16 bars (with fills) of each of the following styles:
    • Easy/Slow Swing or Ballad (with Brushes)
    • Medium Swing (4/4 and 3/4)
    • Up-tempo Swing (4/4 Tempo=200 bpm)
    • Rock/Funk
    • Bossa Nova (4/4 Medium tempo)
    • Samba (up-tempo in 2/2)


The MU JAZZ ENSEMBLE is comprised of 18-20 players based on a "big band" instrumentation. Members are chosen by audition each fall. The MUJE performs both on an off-campus each semester featuring a repertoire that includes classic swing, jazz standards, and contemporary fusion styles. Guest artists have included Byron Stripling, Ernie Watts, John Fedchock, Larry McWilliams, Dean Sorenson, Ronald Carter, Sharrie Maricle, Chris Vadala, Dan Tepfer, Dave Sharp, Russ Peterson, Paul Haar, Pete McGuinness, Amy Banks, and Camille Thurman. Maintaining an active performance schedule, the MUJE has appeared on concerts sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz, the Villanova University Jazz Festival, and the Les Brown Jazz Festival. Each year, the MUJE hosts Jazz Fest De 'Ville, which is a non-competitive invitational workshop for high school and middle school jazz bands. The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Sextet performed at the Crescent City Jazz Festival in New Orleans in March 2018. Academic credit is available to all students.    

Rehearsals: Thursday, 7:00-9:30 pm  WVPAC 100

The MU JAZZ LAB BAND is an ensemble of flexible instrumentation (woodwinds, brasses, strings, piano, bass, drums, guitar) that accommodates a wide range of student experience levels.  No previous jazz experience is required, but students are asked to audition individually during the first two rehearsals to determine ability and part assignment. Less experienced musicians develop reading and interpretation skills while more advanced players are given a considerable opportunity to further develop their improvisational abilities. Varied opportunities for performance are available and academic credit is available for all students.

Rehearsals: Monday & Wednesday, 4:00-5:30 pm; WVPAC 101