Villanova Jazz Band

The Villanova Jazz Band plays a wide variety of jazz ranging from traditional swing to modern funk-rock. Smaller break-out groups form various jazz combos and quartets that perform locally as well as on campus. We rehearse once a week and perform at many events throughout the school year. The Jazz Band is led by Bill Whitaker.

The Jazz Band is often invited to perform at venues in Philadelphia and around the region - a highlight of recent engagements was an invitation to play for Jazz at Lincoln Center. In past years, the group has toured to Niagara Falls, Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach. The Jazz Band hosts an annual jazz festival featuring some of the best collegiate and high school jazz ensembles along the east coast. In 2013, the Villanova Jazz Festival featured Lew Tabackin who hosted a music clinic for contesting ensembles.

The Villanova Jazz Band hosts three major concerts per year on campus.

You can hear the Villanova Jazz Band at: http://soundcloud.com/villanova-jazz-band

Jazz Band
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Featured Event

Drood


Jazz Ensemble Christmas Concert
Bell Aire Terrace, Connelly Center, 12/5

Upcoming Auditions

Music Activities Group Auditions

Auditions for VST One Acts.  Details will be posted once works are chosen from submissions due 11/14. 

Tips for picking monologue:

  • Pick one that fits your age range and gender (If you're a young female, don't pick King Lear's monologue!)
  • Pick one you enjoy! (The audience won't love it unless you love it!)
  • Something you connect with/understand (It makes it easier to perform when you connect with the character you play)

Acapella, auditioned Dance Groups, and Theater Groups with Fall Productions have all held their Auditions.   Check back near the end of the semester for mid-academic year opportunities to audition.

Other Auditions
Most groups do not require auditions.  Please join us at a rehearsal!

Rehearsals

Join one of our performing groups! Stop by a rehearsal!

Instrumental

  • Band - Mon & Tu 6-8pm.  St. Mary's Band Room.
  • Jazz Band - Wed 6-8pm, St. Mary's Jazz Room.
  • Orchestra - Mon 8-10pm, St. Mary's Chapel.  Strings only Thurs 6-8pm, St. Mary's Chapel.  

Choral

  • Gospel Choir - Tu & Th 5:30-7:30, St. Mary's Chapel (Tu) & Jazz Band Room (Th)
  • Villanova Voices - MW 5-6:30; St. Mary's Chapel.  
  • Villanova Singers - MW 5-6:30; St. Mary's Auditorium. 

Theatre

  • Villanova Student Musical Theatre - To get involved, join us at a General Meeting, 2:30-3:30pm - St. Mary's Auditorium, 8/29, 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5.   Rehearsals for auditioned parts are held prior to productions.
  • Villanova Student Theatre - Rehearsals for auditioned parts are held prior to productions.

Dance - Dance Rehearsal Schedules to be announced

  • Dance Company/Ensemble
  • 'Nova Nassa
  • Ablaze
  • Irish Dance Team
  • Wazobia

A Capella - A Capella schedules to be determined after fall auditions

  • Haveners
  • Nothing but Treble
  • Sirens
  • Supernovas
  • Minor Problem
  • Vocal Minority

Villanova Music Downloads

* vualmamater.pdf
VU Alma Mater Sheet Music
* alma_mater_band.mp3
VU Alma Mater Played by VU Band
* alma_mater_singers.mp3
VU Alma Mater Sung by VU Singers
* vufightsong.pdf
VU Fight Song Sheet Music
* fight_song.mp3
VU Fight Song Performed by VU Band