Cardinal Jazz Orchestra

LU Jazz Orchestra - Fall 2017

About the Ensemble

Lamar’s Jazz band is open to both music majors and non majors, and provides an opportunity to develop skills in playing the varying styles of jazz and commercial music encountered by today’s working musician, as well as a platform that encourages the development of skills in improvisation and the practical application of music theory in performance situations.

Classes in improvisation are also available for students who wish to further enhance their skills as a soloist and/or refine accompanying skills as a member of a rhythm section.


Richard "Rick" Condit
Director of Jazz Studies
(409) 880-8146

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LU Jazz Band History

Lamar University’s Jazz Band has a history dating back to the 1950’s when it was under the direction of Dr. Charles A. Wiley. President Emeritus Dr. James M. Simmons took over the Jazz Band in 1970, passing the torch to Dr. J. Wayne Dyess, who directed the jazz band from 1983 until 2012. The jazz band is currently under the direction of  Richard "Rick" Condit, director of jazz studies at LU.

The group has appeared at such events as the Wichita Jazz Festival, MENC’s National Convention, the annual meeting of the International Association of Jazz Educators, as well as the Texas Music Educators Convention. The band has appeared with a wide array of acclaimed soloists, including Carl Fontana, Don Menza, Joe Williams, Jack Sheldon, and Cab Calloway.