The Mississippians Jazz Ensemble is an 18-piece big band under the direction of Dr. Michael Worthy. Members of the band are University of Mississippi undergraduate and graduate students majoring in music and other academic disciplines. Students enroll for academic credit and meet for three 50-minute rehearsals per week. The band performs on campus several times throughout the year and recently performed at the 2012 Jazz Education Network National Conference in Louisville, KY.
The Collegians Jazz Ensemble offers students the opportunity to learn the various styles that are common in big band performance, including swing, Latin, rock, and funk. The Collegians perform a concert each semester.
Jazz combos provide students the opportunity to explore improvisation, arranging and composing.