Director: Stacy Morris
Office: GY 240
JAZZ ENSEMBLE-The Jazz Ensemble was founded by Dr. Dan Knox in 1982. The Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of music within the genre of jazz. The ensemble is open to all students, music and non-music majors, as well as community musicians. The NACC Jazz Ensemble performs for civic groups, schools, church and other community functions. They perform on a regular basis in DeKalb, and Jackson counties. They have also performed throughout the state and have had numerous appearances at the Panoply Arts Festival in Huntsville. The Jazz Ensemble makes annual appearances at the Alabama Community College Music Showcase, where it has received consistent superior ratings when judged. It has also been rated superior at the annual Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Festival.
CONCERT BAND-The NACC Concert Band made its debut in the fall of 2015 and was founded by Mr. Stacy Morris. It is comprised of 25-40 NACC students from various majors as well as community musicians. The band performs a varied repertoire of literature ranging from the most cutting edge new literature to the cornerstone classics of the wind band repertoire. The band intends to perform for the community as well as participate regionally and nationally in wind band festivals. The ensemble rehearses two days each week.
MUSTANG LITTLE BIG BAND-Formerly the Jazz Combo, the Mustang Little Big Band consists of a full rhythm section and a 5-8 piece horn section. The band covers many genres of music including jazz, r&b, soul, funk,and fusion. One of the main function of the band is to be the primary outreach performance group for NACC and the community. It is also a great training ground for musicians who want to pursue a career as a “working musician.”
CHAMBER WINDS-Through the Chamber Winds Ensemble, students will have an opportunity to participate in a smaller woodwind ensemble. This group will concentrate on classical and baroque repertoire as well as jazz, sacred,patriotic and pop music pieces. Students will perform in-house concerts as well as for the community. It is open to all majors as well as community musicians.
ALUMNI/COMMUNITY JAZZ BAND-For alumni and community musicians, the Alumni Jazz Band offers performance opportunities as well as a way to catch up with friends and former classmates. The band plays 2-3 times a year and performs throughout the community, as well as NACC functions such as the NACC 50th Anniversary Celebration and the annual Holiday Gala.
SUMMER JAZZ JAMS- During the summer semester, there are 2-3 jazz jam sessions held on campus in the Beck Music Auditorium. It is open to the community as well as all NACC students. No prior experience is necessary and all you need is an instrument. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know some of the area musicians and it is a way to “get your foot in the door” of the music department at NACC!