Blue Ice is open to all students through an audition process held at the beginning of each semester.
The group rehearses from 1:00-1:50 Monday-Thursday.
Blue Ice is under the direction of Dr. Del Lyren and participating students may earn up to 2 college credits per semester.
- View a Sample Jazz Band Syllabus.
In addition to giving frequent public performances including community events, dances, parties, and weddings, the group tours regionally each year, and has even traveled to Mexico and Hawaii for performances. In January 2014, the Jazz Band performed at the JENerations Jazz Festival as part of the Jazz Education Network conference in Dallas.
The annual Bemidji State University Jazz Fest, which was established over 30 years ago, has featured many great jazz artists performing as soloists, including Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Coffin, Rich Matteson, Bobby Shew, Steve Turre, Frank Mantooth, Byron Stripling and Steve Houghton. Other jazz artists featured recently with the band include Jeff Coffin, Allen Vizzutti, Kathy Jensen, Kiku Collins, and Wayne Bergeron.