Jazz and Commercial Music Ensembles
The CCU Jazz Ensemble and New Jazz Ensemble feature traditional big band instrumentation and vocalists, covering everything from early jazz to Stan Kenton, Radiohead, heavy metal, and contemporary jazz. The CCU Jazz Ensemble, the commercial music and jazz areas flagship group, has premiered works with harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy, Jeff Coffin, and artist-in-residence Steve Bailey.
Director: Matthew White
Combos and Chamber Groups within the MCJ area focus on specific styles on an semester-to-semester basis, including: Funk-Fusion, Latin, Hard Bop, and Contemporary R&B, working extensively with an individual faculty coach. Each group has extensive opportunities to perform in public and record in the Wheelwright Recording studio. The CCU Jazz Combo 1, directed by Dr. Matthew White and Artist-in-Residence Steve Bailey, has worked with a number of guest artists, including: The Dave Douglas Quintet, Victor Wooten, Derico Watson, and Jeff Coffin. The group plays professional gigs extensively in the Grand Strand Area, has recorded albums with national distribution, and performed at the 2016 Montreux, Vienne, and Umbria Jazz Festivals in Europe. In 2016 the ensemble won a downbeat student music award in the Undergraduate Pop/Blues category.
Director: Dan O'Reilly
POP 101 is the contemporary music ensemble at Coastal Carolina University. This dynamic group performs popular music in a rock band context. Students who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and horns, as well as vocalists, are encouraged to participate. Instrumentalists are expected to play by ear as well as read music. The ability to both sing and play an instrument is highly desirable. Vocalists must be able to harmonize and sing in a variety of popular styles. All university students are welcome to audition for this ensemble.
The Acoustic Songbook
Director: David Bankston
Acoustic Songbook is an ensemble that specializes in performing popular songs with small groups of singers and instrumentalists in an unplugged format. Performances feature the genres of pop, Americana, jazz, country, folk music, gospel, singer songwriters, British popular genres and Latin American and Brazilian music.