The Lander University Jazz Ensemble is a 23-piece big band that performs standard repertoire, including compositions originally performed by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Glen Miller, Count Basie, Bob Mintzer and many others. The ensemble explores a variety of different styles of jazz representing different eras of the genre including Afro-Cuban, swing, pop, bebop, cha-cha and mambo, with the idea of exposing its student members as well as the audience to various kinds of grooves, rhythms, melodies, harmonies and tempos.

The ensemble is made up of undergraduate students who are majoring in music, as well as students pursuing degrees in other fields, including biology, engineering, business, and nursing. 

The students in the ensemble register for it as a class and receive elective credit. They rehearse three days a week and give concerts throughout the school year. The group is under the direction of Dr. Robert Gardiner. For additional information about the Jazz Ensemble, please contact Dr. Gardiner at