The Missouri State Jazz program is comprised of five ensembles: Jazz Band, Lab Band, Stage Band, Studio Band, and Night Jazz. The bands maintain an active performance calendar hosting guest artists and participating in major festivals and conventions.
The Jazz Band has performed at The Midwest Clinic three times in recent years (1995, 1998, 2005). They have also been featured at the Mexico Invitational Jazz Festival, on the night stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Anglo International Music Festival in London, the Mobile Collegiate Invitational Jazz Festival, the Disney World Showcase of Jazz at EPCOT, and they are perennial performers at the Missouri Music Educator's Convention.
Guest artists that have performed in concert with the band have included: Diane Schuur, Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, Don Menza, Frank Mantooth, John Pizzarelli, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Vincent DiMartino, Jim Widner, Allen Vizzutti, Denis DiBlasio, Chris Vadala, Marilyn Maye, and Billy Hunt.