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Capital University Big Band
  • The Capital University Big Band, under the direction of Dr. Lou Fischer since 1994, is an eighteen piece, undergraduate, award-winning jazz ensemble that performs both standard/traditional and contemporary repertoire. The band appears in concert often, on and off campus, and at various regional, national and international festivals.

    Recent Performances

    In 2012 and 2013, the Big Band performed at the Jazz Education Network Annual Conference in Louisville, KY and Atlanta, GA respectively.

    In July 2006, the band performed to standing ovations at the Jazz Festivals in:

    • Montreux and Brienz (Switzerland)
    • Lyon (France)
    • Umbria and Tuscany (Italy)

    Further, this was on the heels of a 2003 trip to Europe, which included performances at:

    • Montreux (Switzerland)
    • Jazz A' Vienne (France)
    • The North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland)

    During the past 21 years, the ensemble has appeared at Intercollegiate Jazz Festivals at the following colleges:

    • University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)
    • Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI)
    • Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH)
    • Loyola University (New Orleans, LA)
    • University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
    • Elmhurst College (Chicago, IL)

    The Big Band has received Outstanding Band awards at every venue on each occasion. Further, upwards of thirty of our students have received Outstanding Musician awards at these events!

    Some of the world's greatest jazz soloists perform with the ensemble during Capital's annual Jazz and World Music Festival held on campus each spring. Past artists have included:

    • Trumpeter Bobby Shew
    • Trombonists Dave Steinmeyer and Bill Watrous
    • Saxophonist Benny Golson and Dave Pietro
    • Drummers Ndugu Chancler, Joe La Barbera and Steve Houghton
    • Pianists Shelly Berg and Andy LaVerne
    • Vibraphonist Gary Burton

    Student and faculty arrangements/compositions are encouraged. In addition, participation in the Big Band is open to anyone enrolled at Capital University, both music majors as well as non-music majors.