The Jazz Bands (Dahlonega Campus and Gaineville Campus) are open to all qualified students by audition, with consideration of the traditional instrumentation required for a large jazz ensemble. These ensembles are dedicated to the study of the music of the great jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The music is very rewarding and challenges students to play outside their normal repertoire. These ensembles perform both on and off campus throughout the academic year. Opportunities to explore and to develop advanced abilities in jazz improvisation are also a major focus of the Jazz Bands.