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The Kirkwood Jazz Combos (3 8 musicians per group) serve as a learning tool for the students pursuing an interest in the jazz idiom. Ensemble playing, jazz improvisation and jazz arranging are essential ingredients in the course of study. The combos perform annual concerts on the Kirkwood campus and community events in Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas. Recordings of the groups are included on the Kirkwood jazz CDs. Student personnel have also received outstanding group/individual jazz awards at the prestigious Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago, Illinois and also the University of Kansas Jazz Festival.