New Mexico State University Jazz Ensemble
New Mexico State University Jazz Ensemble is made up of the university's finest musicians. Members of the auditioned group come to NMSU from across the country to study music and various other disciplines on campus. The ensemble has performed with numerous international artists including, Tia Fuller (Beyonce’s alto saxophonist, Professor Berklee School of Music), Bobby Shew (Capital Recording Artist), Pete McGuinness (Grammy Nominated Album) and Chris Vadala (Chuck Mangione Group).
The jazz ensembles have recently performed at the International Reno Jazz Festival, toured Germany, Czechoslovakia and Austria. They have produced two albums over the past few years, “Home Grown”, featuring Bobby Shew, and “Patience”, released spring of 2017. NMSU Jazz Ensemble will be traveling to Spain this summer where they will be performing at the Conservatori Superior Musica de Castello International Music Festival. They will be premiering two pieces at the festival, Palos Nuevos, composition by Dan Gaily and Pueblo de Taos, commissioned by NMSU and written by Fred Sturm.
The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Frank “Pancho” Romero, Professor of Music at New Mexico State University.