Jazz Bands: I, II, III & IV

UM's traditionally outstanding jazz program includes three Jazz Bands and smaller jazz combos, all open to students by audition. Jazz Bands I & III are directed by Professor Rob Tapper, while Jazz Band II is usually led by the graduate teaching assistant for band. Please contact Rob Tapper at robert.tapper@umontana.edu or Johan Eriksson at johan.eriksson@umontana.edu for more information.

Rob Tapper, UM Jazz Director

Professor Robert Tapper
Director of Jazz Studies

Dr. Johan Eriksson

Dr. Johan Eriksson
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies

Jazz Bands

Positions in the ensembles are open to all university students, regardless of major, and are deteremined by auditions held at the beginning of each semester.  Jazz bands offer concerts and combos and perform often.  This growing program has the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival in the Spring that brings in many talented artists the bands perform with and are able to work with in clinics. 

UM Jazz Students at the 2015 Buddy DeFranco jazz Festival

Listen to the UM Jazz Bands

COUSINS  UM Jazz Ensemble
Comp. Vince Guaraldi/Arr. Jerry Dodgion
Josh Hungate, trombone
Eli Wynn, saxophone
Alex McDowell, saxophone
Tully Olson, trumpet

STELLAR
Comp. Victor Young & Ned Washington/Arr. *Owen Ross
Owen Ross, guitar
Haydn Halsted, drum set

PUSSY CAT DUES 
Comp. Charles Mingus/Arr. *Elijah Wynn
Finn Carroll, bass
Elijah Wynn, saxophone
Haydn Halsted, drum set