UNI Jazz Studies

  • band
  • In the shadows
  • Hall
  • jazz slide4
  • jazz teacher
  • in the jazz zone
  • JBO Thailand


Jazz has been an integral part of the University of Northern Iowa School of Music for nearly 50 years. The original band, formed and run by student musicians in the early 1950's, eventually evolved into the UNI Jazz Studies program. This nationally recognized program has grown to include several large and small jazz ensembles as well as a full curriculum of jazz studies courses. Comparing the UNI Jazz Studies program with other programs across the nation, Arts Midwest saluted the UNI program as "one of the best."


Mike Conrad with a score. And a burger and milkshake.
Monday, Aug 27, 2018

Mike Conrad is a composer, improviser, and teacher from Bettendorf, Iowa. As a performer, he has toured China, played at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy, and appeared at various jazz festivals and venues all over the United States. Conrad has enjoyed playing piano in ensembles like the Alexa Tarantino Quintet, Dave Chisholm’s Calligraphy, Christopher’s Very Happy. Band., and the Mike Conrad Trio. Equally accomplished on both trombone and piano, Conrad truly loves collaborating with other musicians, and always brings his creativity and expressiveness to every performance he gives...