UWM Music Ensembles, Jazz
UWM Music Ensembles, Jazz
UWM Music Ensembles, Jazz

Jazz Ensembles

UWM’s jazz ensembles provide a great opportunity to explore and connect with students, musicians, and the community. In addition to several performance opportunities on and off-campus, students participate in outreach events with middle and high school jazz performers through youth programs and jazz festivals.

In addition, the jazz area sponsors a Youth Jazz Ensemble (UJAY) comprised of the Greater Milwaukee Area’s finest high school jazz musicians.

Please fill out the ensemble interest form below to join any of our music ensembles, or if you have any questions.

Interested in a jazz group performing for your event?
The UWM Jazz Combo (1–6 members), Afro-Caribbean Jazz Orchestra (8–12 members) and Jazz Ensemble (18–20 members) are available for hire for any on or off campus event by contacting David Bayles, bayles@uwm.edu.

UWM Jazz Ensemble

Our Jazz Ensemble has a unique and collaborative affiliation with the local urban jazz community. This ensemble is made up of undergraduate and graduate music majors, as well as non-Music students who possess significant artistry.

Auditions & Membership

Open to all UWM students after an informal audition. Email Director David Bayles, bayles@uwm.edu for details and to schedule your audition.

Afro-Caribbean Jazz Orchestra

The UWM Afro-Caribbean Jazz Orchestra was formed in the Fall of 2021 to focus on Afro–Caribbean jazz influenced music. 

The group features a Latin percussion section, horns and vocalists. This group performs music of composers such as Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Sonoro Poncena and Evan Linns and more.

Auditions & Membership

Open to all UWM students after an informal audition. Email Director David Bayles, bayles@uwm.edu for details and to schedule your audition.

Music Programs

Music studios and ensembles are connected to a variety of academic programs, including majors, minors, certificates and graduate programs. This is a full list of programs offered by the Department of Music.

Faculty & Directors

Which faculty you have within this program is dependent upon your chosen courses or interests. For a list of all Music faculty and staff please follow the link below.


David Bayles Headshot
  • Lecturer, Drum Set
  • Director, Jazz Combos & Ensembles, Afro-Caribbean Orchestra
  • Chamber Music Coach
Rosemary Walzer Headshot
  • Director, Youth Jazz Ensemble
Important Dates
Music

Entrance Audition
For Music BA, BFA and Masters programs in Spring and Fall 2024.

December 1, 2023
February 9, 2024
February 19, 2024
March 8, 2024
April 5, 2024

Contact
Music

Undergraduate Programs
Kay Speidel, music-admission@uwm.edu

Graduate Programs
Tim Noonan, tpnoonan@uwm.edu

General Info & Questions
Contact Form | 414-229-4763