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David Irving, Director

The Monday-Wednesday-Friday Jazz Band rehearses on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m. and on Friday from 11:00 to 11:50 A. M. The Jazz Combo rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. The Jazz Guitar Ensemble meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 to 2:50 p.m.

All three groups are college-credit (one-hour) courses. Membership in the MWF Jazz Band is by audition only.

The ensembles perform often both on and off campus. Once a month the groups play an informal concert at the school's student center.

History

The Del Mar jazz program began in 1972 with the addition of stage band to the college curriculum. A second band was added two years later. In 2002 the Jazz Guitar Ensemble was included as a performing group.

In 1975 the MWF (for Monday-Wednesday-Friday) Jazz Band began its annual guest artist series, bringing some of the greatest names in jazz to the Del Mar campus for concerts and clinics. Since then the band has performed with such jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Urbie Green, Carl Fontana, Bill Watrous, Lou Marini Jr., Ed Shaughnessy, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, and Bobby Shew.

Although most of the bands' performances are close to home, they have done their share of travel. In addition to its recruitment concerts throughout South Texas the MWF band has toured Europe, performing at the prestigious Montreux and NorthSea jazz festivals.