Do you want to be a better than average musician? Students who take the art form of
jazz seriously have the opportunity to join one of our jazz ensembles.
Every semester the big bands and combos give a formal concert and several informal
concerts, both on and off campus.
Each year the Left Bank Big Band and the Jazz Combo perform with a guest artist like such luminaries as: Louie Bellson, Steve Houghton,
Marion McPartland, Bob Shephard, Steve Kujala, Bill Watrous, Marvin Stamm, Bill Holman,
Jim McNeely, Randy Brecker, John Fedchock, Dick Oates, Dave Zoller, Ed Soph, Marcus
Roberts Trio, The USC Army Blues Band, Mark O'Connor and Hot Swing, and The Andy LaVerne
Trio. Bert Ligon is director of Jazz Studies.
Students participating in jazz ensembles are expected to know the music well enough
to play from memory, attend all rehearsals and performances on time and prepared to
play your best, and have instruments in working order.
If you need to miss a rehearsal you must send a sub who plays as well or better than
you. Problem attendance will result in a lower semester grade.
Email Bert Ligon or call 803-777-6565 to schedule auditions, which are held in the fall and spring
Bryson Borgstedt is instructor of jazz studies and directs the Left Bank Big Band.
Performing for more than 45 years and teaching for over 40, Borgstedt has performed
with many accomplished musicians, including Natalie Cole, The Manhattan Transfer and
Aretha Franklin, among others.
Aletha Jacobs is director of Carolina Alive and has performed in every kind of venue,
from playing and singing in bands, accompanying musicians and musicals, to performing
with orchestras. She has toured the Mediterranean and Central America performing for
our troops and has shared the stage with The Shirelles, The Drifters and Freddy Cole,
Bert Ligon is director of jazz studies. He toured with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra
and has performed with Chris Potter, Red Rodney, Randy Brecker, Marion McPartland,
Mel Torme, Dianne Schuur and others. He has published three books and several original
compositions and arrangements.