The Jazz Ensemble is a select group of musicians chosen by audition from among SPC students - both music majors and non-music majors. The band is directed by Dr. David Manson and performs a full range of styles including traditional swing, bebop, fusion, Latin jazz and contemporary jazz. Each year the ensemble plays several concerts both on and off campus.
Improvisation is emphasized for every student taking part in the course MUN 1710. The program includes listening and coaching sessions and lectures by outstanding jazz and improvisation artists. Recent master classes were given by Sam Rivers, Mike Lee, Joe McPhee, Davey Williams, Ted Rosenthal, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Kevin Wilder, Rita Wilson, Kym Purling, Joanna Rose, Butch Thomas and Kenny Drew, Jr.