Jazz at ASU

Professor James W Doyle is the director of the jazz ensembles at ASU and teaches classes in improvisation. To see his complete bio, click here

The ASU Big Band


The ASU Big Band performs several full-scale concerts per year, as well as additional performances throughout the region. The ensemble performs standard big band repertoire as well as the latest compositions and arrangements. The band rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:50pm and is open to all students based on auditions.

The ASU Big Band regularly tours and performs at Jazz Festivals throughout the country. Recently graduated members of the ASU Big Band are teaching throughout Colorado, have gone on to graduate school at the nation’s finest schools, and perform with professional big bands throughout the country.

ASU Jazz Combos

Students are given the opportunity to perform in small combo settings where they work independently and with faculty guidance. The jazz combos perform on large concerts as well as throughout the semester on campus and in the community. Learning standards with a premium on improvisation is the focus of the combo program.

Salsa Band

Members of the ASU jazz program and percussion studio often combine to perform standard salsa charts for performance with the Alamosa Salseros; a local dance ensemble. The salsa band performs as needed throughout the school year.

Caribbean Ensemble


Members of the ASU jazz program combine with the steel drum band for performances of traditional island favorites from Trinidad and Tobago.