Texas Instruments Jazz Band
The Texas Instruments Jazz Band is a full 20-piece big band consisting of saxes, trombones, trumpets, a rhythm section, and a vocalist. The band is organized through the Texins Association (Dallas, Texas) of Texas Instruments. Membership is open to all people eligible for Texins Association membership. The band is a non-profit organization, and all earnings are used to support the operating expenses of the band.
The group formed in the summer of 1986, sparked by an ad placed in a TI company newspaper. The band quickly reached a sustainable level and has remained active since its inception. Openings are filled with Texins Association members when they are available. The band has musicians from numerous organizations across Texas Instruments and Raytheon Systems. Almost everyone played in high school and college and is glad to have an outlet to continue to study and play jazz. Kris Berg, Director of Jazz Studies at Collin County Community College, directs the band.
The group currently owns several hundred charts spanning the range of big band music. Concerts are normally geared more toward performance type events rather than dance band jobs, but the band can cover any event. The band performs about a dozen times each year.
Don't let the amateur status of the band fool you. The group has performed at Artfest, Montage, the Meyerson Symphony Center, Superpages.com Center and The Texas Jazz Festival. At a judged festival at Loyola University in New Orleans in 1995, the band walked away with top honors - a Superior rating in both performance and sight reading. Artists who have performed with the band include Clark Terry, Kurt Elling, Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Delfeayo Marsalis, Gregg Bissonette, Lorraine Feather, Kevin Mahogany, Frank Mantooth, Bobby Militello, Bob Mintzer, Denis DiBlasio, Bobby Shew, Kim Richmond, Clay Jenkins, Terell Stafford, Scott Whitfield, Chris Vadala, Carol Welsman, Marvin Stamm, Kim Park, Sandra Booker, Leon Breeden, Willie Thomas, and Galen Jeter. The band performed at the world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in July of 2000.
HoursThe band rehearses every Tuesday night at Collin County Community College in Plano from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m.