Augsburg Jazz


Augsburg Jazz 2016-2017The Augsburg Jazz program, directed by Dave Mantini, offers a complete curriculum that includes a big band, combos, and a vocal jazz group, each of which is directed by a faculty member. These ensembles are open to all Augsburg students through auditions each fall. Augsburg Jazz also features many guest artists and composers. Music students rehearse and perform side-by-side with some of the best jazz and gospel musicians in the Midwest, many of whom are Augsburg alumni. In recent years, the Augsburg Jazz Ensemble has performed with Bria Skonberg, trumpet; Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone; Swedish jazz artist Nils Lindberg, trombone & piano; and performed works by Dr. William C. Banfield, artist in residence.

The Augsburg Jazz ensemble also provides an opportunity to create a unique union of big band and vocal jazz that performs for conventions, churches and schools (formerly known as Gospel Praise). They have appeared at three ELCA National Youth Conventions in Atlanta, New Orleans and St. Louis as well as The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, Famous Dave’s Blues Club in Uptown, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. In 1995, they presented a command performance for the King of Norway, and in recent years have performed for nearly 20,000 including Sheila Raye Charles, Jane Fonda, and Hillary Clinton.

2016-2017 Performance & Events:

Friday, September 23, 2016 – 10 a.m.

Homecoming Awards Convocation
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College

October 15-17, 2016 – Augsburg Jazz Tour

Saturday, October 15 – 6 p.m. Worship
Bethel Lutheran Church
810 3rd Avenue SE, Rochester, Minnesota
Church Phone: 507-288-6430

Sunday, October 16 – 9 & 10:30 a.m. Worship
Bethel Lutheran Church
810 3rd Avenue SE, Rochester, Minnesota
Church Phone: 507-288-6430

Sunday, October 16 – 4 p.m.
Sateren Auditorium
Music Hall, Augsburg College
(Campus Parking Permit)

Monday, October 17 – 7:30 a.m.
Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis

Monday, October 17 – 1:30 p.m
South St. Paul High School, St. Paul

Friday, November 4, 2016
Swing Dance, 7 p.m. – Midnight
Joint event with St. Thomas, $5 tickets (includes shuttle to St. Thomas)

Tuesday, December 8, 2016
11:30 a.m., Morning Chapel Service
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College

December 8, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Fall Jazz Concert
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College
(Campus Parking Permit)

Friday, January 2013, 2017
Maple Grove Senior High Swing Dance
9800 Fernbrook Lane N, Maple Grove MN 55369
Cost: $5, Enter front doors on Upper Level
>> Band Line up: 7 p.m. (Elk River HS), 7:30 (Blaine HS), 8 p.m. (West Metro Big Band), 8:45 (Augsburg Jazz), 9:30 (Maple Grove HS)

Friday, February 24, 2017
10:40 a.m. – Augsburg Jazz in Chapel
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College

11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Augsburg JazzFest
For information, contact Dave Mantini,

7:30 p.m. – Augsburg Jazz in Concert with Steve Wiest, trombone
Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College
Tickets: Available Now!

Campus Parking Permit

Augsburg JazzFest Flyer

Spring Break Tour
March 10-14, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017 – 3:30 p.m.
Crooner’s Lounge and Supper club
6161 Highway 65 North, Fridley, MN 55432
Doors open at 3 p.m. – Seating is first-come, first-served

Augsburg Jazz will also be performing at this year’s Commencement Ceremonies!