The Harding University Jazz Band has been an integral part of the Department of Music since the early 1960's. Campus performances each semester offer the Harding campus community and White County residents opportunities to hear the group perform. The ensemble makes short trips during the school year to surrounding locations in Arkansas and is active in area jazz festivals. The group performs blues, swing, latin, funk and contemporary styles.
Since 1975 the Jazz Band has been featured in the university's annual musical extravaganza, Spring Sing. The group accompanies the hosts and hostesses in five shows to a 10,000+ audience. Membership in the ensemble is open to any university student through auditions at the beginning of each fall semester.
The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Wesley Parker, Assistant Professor of Music.
Audition materials and sign up sheets are posted in the Reynolds Center at the beginning of the fall semester. All university students interested in participating in the jazz program are encouraged to audition. Each audition will consist of prepared music as well as sight reading.
The jazz band currently rehearses from 4:00 - 5:30 each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in the band room (Reynolds M109).