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