The Harvard University Jazz Bands

Purpose Statement

Founded in 1971, the Harvard University Jazz Bands strive to promote awareness and appreciation of jazz on campus through annual performances, hosting of guest artists, and commissioning of new works. There are two jazz bands at Harvard: the Monday Band--conducted by Yosvany Terry, the Director of Jazz Bands at Harvard--focuses on the music of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and classic and contemporary big band literature, and tends to be a greater time commitment (rehearsals 2 nights a week). The Sunday Band--directed by Assistant Director of Bands Mark Olson--plays primarily the music of Count Basie and other classic swing, and only rehearses once a week. We hold auditions in the first two weeks of fall semester to determine placement into the two bands. Both bands perform in separate concerts and jointly host performances. Recent guest artists have included Rufus Reid, George Cables, Benny Golson, Roy Haynes, Eddie Palmieri, Jimmy Heath, and Cecil McBee.

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