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Listen to the irresistible sound of soaring trumpets, wailing saxophones and a swinging rhythm section featuring the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band. Our 15-piece big band, directed by Jim Hacker, will be sure to captivate you with the essence of new and well-known jazz classics by Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Thelonius Monk, and more!

The members of the FIU Big Band are full-time graduate and undergraduate students, many of whom are currently working professionals with local, national, and international artists. A number of the featured soloists are past and present scholarship recipients from Downbeat, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Gold Coast Jazz Society, and the International Trumpet Guild.


Performers include:

Alto Saxes: Camilo Perez and Dylan Danao

Tenor Saxes: Amed Torrecilla and Eduardo Clavijo

Bari Sax: Joshua Guzman

Trombones: Jose Ruiz, Thomas Dover, Ivan Parra

Bass Trombone: David Cardona

Trumpets: Orlando Haddock, Antonio Rivera

Andrew Amengor, Courtney Normandin and Jairo Gonzalez

Piano: Leo Cattani

Bass: Robert Sherber

Drums: Jesus Gallimore and Carlos Rodriguez

Guitar: Sergio Zavala



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