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The Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble is a 20-piece big band comprised of college students enrolled for credit. The ensemble performs annual concerts on the Kirkwood campus and has accompanied national and international guest artists including Randy Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Christian McBride, Sonny Fortune, Louie Bellson, etc. The members have participated in several prestigious jazz festivals nationally where they received outstanding recognition. Their schedule also includes a tour of high schools in the state of Iowa and performances at various cultural events in the Cedar Rapids community. In addition, members have been selected to perform in The “All Star” Community College Jazz Ensemble at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference and also the IAJE Midwest Regional Conference Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble. The band has several CD recordings with Red Hot Jazz, Two Cultures and Search. Their repertoire consists of traditional through contemporary music of all styles.