Welcome Class of 2019!


With an overwhelming amount of interest in performing “America’s Only Original Art Form”, jazz music, on campus our program is divided into 4 Big Bands, each chartered and delineated by style. We feel that devoting your time and talent to a group that immerses itself within certain styles, or historic periods, is the best way to provide our public with a quality experience.



A Division of the Rensselaer Music Association (RMA) featuring:


The Repertory Jazz Orchestra – Directed by Bob Button

The Repertory Jazz Orchestra is a concert jazz orchestra that performs classic jazz and big band material from Jelly Roll Morton through and including Charles Mingus and later jazz composers such as, Brubeck, Charlie Haden and Maria Schneider. Modeled after the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Members are chosen by audition (and right of 1st refusal). Mondays at 7PM.


The Contemporary Jazz Ensemble – Directed by Bob Button

The Contemporary Jazz Ensemble is a big band jazz group that performs, funk, fusion, latin and world-beat music within the jazz context. A staple at our annual POPS concert, this band explores the electric side of modern jazz. Members are chosen by audition (and right of 1st refusal). Tuesdays at 5PM.
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The Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra – Directed by Bob Button

The Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra is a 21 member Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra that performs authentic latin dance rhythms such as, mambo, cha cha, guaguanco, afro and boogaloo with as much cultural integrity as possible. As an extension of the very popular Afro Cuban drumming class and with a high degree of community and alumni interest, this band started in January 2012. Thursdays at 9PM.


The 8th Street Swing Band – Currently student directed

The 8th Street Swing Band is the oldest established dance band on the RPI campus (50-65 years), the group is student directed and performs, mainly, big band era swing. Membership is drawn from throughout the RPI community.
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