Jazz Orchestra Recording: Kansas Big Band Music
Over the course of a year, the Washburn University Jazz Orchestra performs to audiences large and small, public and private. This year, Craig Treinen, assistant professor and director of jazz, has a lofty goal for 25 of his students to produce a performance-quality recording of Kansas City Big Band music composed and arranged by internationally recognized Kansas City composers and notable artists from past to present.
Students will develop improvised solos stylistically consistent with each period of music. This is an outstanding opportunity for students to showcase their individual talents as well as the ensemble as a whole. They also will have extensive first-hand experience in the recording and production process. And, the students will graduate with a professional CD containing their work in the jazz studies program.
This project is another example of the innovative, far-reaching commitment of the Washburn University Music Department to a superb college experience and a top-notch education.
THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
This recording project is an excellent learning opportunity for students in the jazz studies program. They learn how to prepare music for a professional setting. They experience first-hand the intricacies of a recording session – how to listen, evaluate individual performance, ensemble performance, note precision, musical elements and styles and improvisation.
For many of the students, this will be the first time they hear themselves recorded in a professional setting. They will hear mistakes caused by note durations, missed articulations, phrasing, dynamics and entrances.
In all, it is an invaluable learning experience to round out their jazz studies as they prepare to graduate and enter their chosen fields.
YOU CAN HELP
With your financial support, the jazz studies program hopes to raise $5,510 for this project. This will cover the cost of studio time, mixing and producing audio tracks and the production and packaging of 300 professional CDs.
You can be part of this amazing project. Your gift, no matter the size, will help give these students a learning opportunity not always available to music students. Help us reach our goal of $5,510.
Studio time – estimated 19 hours at $90/hour – $1,710
Mixing and production – estimated 16 hours at $125/hour – $2,000
CD pressing and packaging – 300 CDs at $6 each – $1,800