Groove Along with SUU’s Jazz Ensemble

SUU’s Department of Music is performing their Jazz Ensemble concert, Groovin’ Hard, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theater.

Dr. Adam Lambert, Director of Bands at SUU, shares, “The SUU Jazz Ensemble is preparing to compete at the Reno Jazz Festival in late April. The group will be performing familiar standards and exciting, newer compositions, including the well-known ‘First Circle’ by Pat Metheny. We will also feature an original composition by one of our own students, Robby Debry.”  

The National Museum of American History states, “Jazz is a kind of music in which improvisation is typically an important part. Jazz can express many different emotions, from pain to sheer joy. In jazz, you may hear the sounds of freedom, for the music, has been a powerful voice for people suffering unfair treatment because of the color of the skin, or because they lived in a country run by a cruel dictator.”

The SUU Jazz Ensemble is open to all students by audition. Students prepare and perform jazz music through ensemble and improvisational performance close to a professional level. Performances include appearances with the annual SUU High School Jazz Festival featuring nationally and internationally recognized guest artists, an annual Swing Dance for the University and local community, as well as competing at the Reno Jazz Festival.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Southern Utah University faculty, staff, and students are free with a valid ID card. Faculty and staff IDs are allowed one guest. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the concert.

Groove along with the SUU Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. For more information about the Department of Music at SUU, please visit

Story by: Ashley Polluck and Alexis J. Taylor
Photo by: SUU Marketing