The SE Jazz Ensemble is a “big band” style jazz ensemble open by competitive audition to all University students. The Jazz Ensemble provides entertainment for a variety of University and community events in the Texoma area, including balls and receptions, as well as performing extensively in the public schools of Oklahoma. They also perform regular concerts on campus and host the SE Jazz Festival each spring, performing with international jazz artists such as Ed Shaughness, Vince Di-Martino, David Steinmeyer, and Chris Vadal.
The internationally recognized Jazz Ensemble, which completed a cultural exchange tour of the People’s Republic of China in spring 2001, has made tours to Walt Disney World and the Greeley Jazz Festival, and makes a major tour each spring. The ensemble is dedicated to performing all styles of jazz, from the early “swing” era through Count Besie and today’s modern jazz sounds.