Groove Along with SUU’s Jazz Ensemble

Published: March 28, 2019 | Read Time: 2 minutes

SUU Jazz EnsembleSUU’s Department of Music is performing their Jazz Ensemble concert, Groovin’ Hard, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater. Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Southern Utah University faculty, staff, and students are free with a valid ID card. Faculty and staff IDs are allowed one guest. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the concert. 

Dr. Adam Lambert, Director of Bands at SUU, shares, “The SUU Jazz Ensemble is preparing to compete at the Reno Jazz Festival in late April. The group will be performing familiar standards and exciting, newer compositions, including the well-known ‘First Circle’ by Pat Metheny. We will also feature an original composition by one of our own students, Robby Debry.”  

The SUU Jazz Ensemble is open to all students by audition. Students prepare and perform jazz music through ensemble and improvisational performance close to a professional level. Performances include appearances with the annual SUU High School Jazz Festival featuring nationally and internationally recognized guest artists, an annual Swing Dance for the University and local community, as well as competing at the Reno Jazz Festival.

The National Museum of American History states, “Jazz is a kind of music in which improvisation is typically an important part. Jazz can express many different emotions, from pain to sheer joy. In jazz, you may hear the sounds of freedom, for the music has been a powerful voice for people suffering unfair treatment because of the color of the skin, or because they lived in a country run by a cruel dictator.”

Groove along with the SUU Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. For more information about the Department of Music at SUU, please visit

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM) degrees in art, design, dance, music and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring nearly 700 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit

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