Andrew Rathbun, Director
Western Michigan University’s award-winning Advanced Jazz Combo is directed by Andrew Rathbun. The seven to 10 member ensemble is made up of the premiere students from WMU’s jazz studies department. The ensemble’s repertoire of originals and arrangements is composed exclusively by the ensemble members. The combo has received outstanding small ensemble awards from the Notre Dame, Elmhurst and Detroit International Jazz Festivals. The ensemble has performed in Illinois, Indiana, throughout Michigan and was featured by the Marshall Music Company at the 2006 Michigan Music Conference, as well as the 2007 International Association of Jazz Educators in New York City, with guest artists Stefon Harris, Fred Hersch and Billy Hart. They have also performed twice at the Monterey NextGen Jazz Festival in 2012 and 2013, with guest Donny McCaslin. Their current CD, "Rhythm Spirit," has received critical review and is available on Sea Breeze Records, and they are embarking on a new recording project in New York featuring settings of contemporary poetry.