Thompson Jazz Studies Program

Jazz Studios  Saxophone   Trumpet   Trombone   Piano   Guitar   Bass   Drums

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    Welcome to the Thompson Jazz Studies Program!

Welcome to the award-winning Thompson Jazz Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder! Our program offers specialized instruction in jazz performance and pedagogy for trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, saxophone and drum set, and we welcome the participation of students across the CU Boulder campus, regardless of major, in our jazz ensembles.

In addition to serving as educators, our faculty continue to perform and record solo and ensemble work around the world. We also regularlry host clinics by prominent guest artists such as David Liebman, Dave Douglas, Jon Faddis, Maria Schneider, Greg Osby, Matt Wilson, and many others. As a program we have received 19 awards for excellence from DownBeat Magazine's Annual Student Music Awards.

**The application for DMA Jazz applicants will be closed to trumpet applicants for 2017-18. Teaching Assistantships will be available for Saxophone, Trombone and Piano/Guitar applicants.

All jazz bands and combos are placed through auditions held at the beginning of each semester, including three big bands and seven jazz combos.

Jack and Jeannie Thompson and the Thompson Jazz Studies Program
In March 2013, Jeannie and Jack Thompson made an unprecedented commitment to the Jazz Studies program, building $1.6 million in combined gifts to trigger a new $2 million program endowment. "The generous endowment from the Thompsons has allowed us to do so many incredible things—from traveling with students to the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey to bringing some of the most renowned jazz artists to campus. These activities extend and enrich the student experience," says Thompson Jazz Studies director John Gunther.

Department Faculty

John Davis
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Operations
Professor of Jazz Studies (Trumpet)
John Gunther
Director, Thompson Jazz Studies Program
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Saxophones, Clarinet and Flute)
Brad Goode
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Trumpet)

Paul McKee
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies (Trombone and Arranging/Composition)

Tom Myer
Associate Professor of Saxophone
Douglas Walter
Professor of Percussion
Bijoux Barbosa
Instructor, Jazz Studies (Double Bass)
David Corbus
Instructor, Jazz Studies (Guitar)
Jeff Jenkins
Instructor, Jazz Studies (Piano)
Joshua Quinlan
Instructor, Jazz Studies (Saxophone)
Paul Romaine
Instructor, Jazz Studies (Drum Set)