The University of North Texas is in Denton, Texas, about 40 miles north of Dallas-Forth Worth. Formerly known as North Texas State, UNT’s jazz program has been in operation for over a half a century. The school’s One O’Clock Lab Band is famous for its power, precision and adventurous arrangements. The UNT Jazz Studies program was established in 1947, the first of its kind.
Do you play a musical instrument or sing? Then perhaps a bachelor of music degree in jazz studies will prepare you for a life as a professional performer, a composer, arranger, teacher or producer. Or you may want to strive for a master’s on one of three tracks – performer, composer/arranger or educator. UNT is the place to do it.
There are many opportunities to perform at North Texas: Besides the One O’Clock Lab Band, there are eight other lab bands, a total of three jazz singers groups, the electric guitar ensembles, contemporary music ensemble, the jazz repertory ensemble, the latin jazz ensemble, and the U-Tubes jazz trombone ensemble. And there are 300 practice rooms. Scholarships are available, as is other financial assistance.
Among the faculty you will find Jennifer Barnes, Rodney Booth, Rich DeRosa, pianist Stefan Karlsson, Jay Saunders, bassist Lynn Seaton and drummer Ed Soph. Steve Wiest directs the One O’Clock Lab Band. John Murphy heads the department.
For more information on the jazz program at UNT: contact via the internet is by: jazz.unt.edu . By phone, it’s (940) 565-3743.