Inner Dimensions, the second jazz big band at Penn State, performs five major concerts per year on campus, and occasionally performs off-campus. Under the direction of Josh Davis, This ensemble is comprised mostly of undergraduate music majors and performs a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from jazz standards to more cutting-edge compositions. A high premium is placed on developing improvisation skills and refining a great big band sound. Membership is by audition only, and is open to all students of all majors.
Outer Dimensions, the third jazz big band, performs approximately five major concerts per year on campus. This ensemble is comprised mostly of undergraduate non-majors and performs mostly standard jazz repertoire. While experience varies, students in this ensemble are given the opportunity to develop their improvisation skills and enhance their understanding of the jazz genre. Membership is by audition only, and is open to all students of all majors. Outer Dimensions is currently directed by graduate teaching assistant Wade Judy.
Jazz combos at Penn State typically range from 5-8 members, consisting of a rhythm section and horns. By audition only, these combos are formed by placing students of similar experience and skill together for the semester. Coached by Jazz Faculty, these combos meet 1 to 2 times a week. They perform in master class/ concert settings. Each combo gains experience from attending master classes that provide advise on all aspects of the performance. More advanced combos also perform on and off campus for university events and other gigs.