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WKU Jazz Honor Band Clinic

WKU Jazz Honor Band Clinic

Jazz Honor Band


Saturday, April 13th, 2024

The WKU Jazz Band Honor Clinic provides the opportunity for students to participate in a big jazz band or combo, learn about improvisation, and work with our outstanding guest artists. Directors are most welcome and encouraged to attend all clinics during this event.






Friday, March 1st

Nomination Deadline

Deadline to register your school and nominate students to attend.

Audition excerpts will be posted on the WKU Jazz Website. This link will be emailed to all directors.

Nomination Instructions

Friday, March 15th

Auditions Due

Student video auditions DUE for big band/combo chair placement

Audition Instructions


Audition Excerpts by Instrument - Please reference recordings below!

Alto Saxophone Trumpet Piano
Tenor Saxophone Trombone


Bari Saxophone Bass Trombone





NOTE: These are OPTIONAL to include in your audition video. 


Alto and Bari Sax  

Piano, Bass, and Drums

Tenor Sax




Bass Trombone

Saturday, April 13th

WKU Jazz Honor Band Clinic.





Conner Eisenmenger


Conner Eisenmenger

Seattle based trombonist and Denis Wick Artist Conner Eisenmenger's experience as a musician is as varied as it is substantial. Eisenmenger holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Western Kentucky University and a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from University of North Texas where he studied with Tony Baker and Andre Hayward.


While at UNT, Eisenmenger played for two years in the seven-time Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. As a member of the One O'Clock, he performed with Stefon Harris, Sean Jones, Danilo Perez, Dennis Mackrel, and James Morrison. Eisenmenger also served as a teaching fellow at UNT, teaching multiple courses in jazz trombone fundamentals and directing the Six O'Clock Lab Band, the Seven O'Clock Lab Band, and the U-Tubes jazz trombone ensemble. During his time as a student, Eisenmenger performed and competed in Australia, Spain, China, California, and Washington D.C.

Other accolades include winning the 2019 ITEC Rich Matteson Jazz Euphonium competition, the ITF Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, the ATW Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition, finalist in the 2016 and 2017 ATW jazz solo competitions, and as alternate for the ITF JJ Johnson Solo Competition. 

Conner Eisenmenger keeps a busy schedule as a composer, bandleader, and clinician maintaining active projects in Seattle, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, and across the US. In 2022 he received the ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award for his piece, “Choice Paralysis,” played by his flagship 5-piece ensemble, the Think Tank. As an educator, Conner regularly clinics the many elite band programs in the Pacific Northwest and college jazz events including the CWU John Moawad Jazz Festival, the PLU Weathermon Jazz Festival, the WKU Jazz Honor Band, The CWU Jazz Camp, the PNW Trombone Symposium, and many retreats with High School programs including Roosevelt, Edmonds-Woodway, Mercer Island, and Mount Si HS.


These days Conner can be found playing with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Louis Prima Jr, Tito Puente Jr, Johnny Mathis, Abilene Philharmonic, The Puget Soundwaves Brass Quintet, the Valhalla Brass, and various session work including Nintendo Live’s Super Mario Super Big Band and the DOTA II “The International” live orchestra. KNKX describes Conner’s passion for a life in music as “infectious in the best way.”



Ryan Jones


Ryan Jones is a pianist and pedagogue from Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He attributes his diverse tastes in music to his upbringing in the beautiful countryside of southwestern Kentucky. Being a musically rich area, Jones was introduced to a wide array of genres from Bluegrass to the Allman Brothers. You could find Ryan performing in the area at a very early age. 

In 2018, Jones moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, as a Master Degree candidate at the world renown University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music (CCM). Noted for his ability to play a wide variety of musical styles with ease Ryan quickly became a mainstay in the professional music scene. Ryan could be found playing with many of the most respected groups and musicians in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Ryan has performed with jazz mainstays

Hal Melia and Mike Sharfe, Mickey James and The Queen City Crew, El Ritmo Del Mañana, Roadtrip, and many others. 

Throughout his academic and professional career, Jones has performed alongside world renowned musicians such as: John Schneider, Jimmy Walker, Bill Huber, John Fedchock, Vince DiMartino, Chris Vadala, Tia Fuller, Christian Tamburr, and many more. 

In the summer of 2019, Ryan received the opportunity to participate in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Residency in São Paulo, Brazil with the CCM Jazz Orchestra. While in Brazil, the group performed approximately fourteen concerts in their seven-day residency. These concerts were put on by the Social Service of Commerce (SESC) non-profit organization. This is a private organization in Brazil that makes education, health, and cultural and recreational programs available to workers in the commerce. For two of these concerts the group opened for the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. On another occasion, the group was fortunate enough to get to perform with Wynton Marsalis in a concert hosted by the U.S. Consulate at the Blue Note in São Paulo. 

As an arranger, Ryan was approached in 2017 by the president of the Kentucky Blues Society and asked to arrange and perform several Ragtime pieces by Ernest Hogan. Jones performed these arrangements in concert at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC). In attendance was the great Sam Bush, widely recognized as the creator of Progressive Bluegrass. The concert was a celebration of both Hogan and Bush who are natives of Bowling Green, Kentucky. 

Jones received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Western Kentucky University where he studied classical piano with Dr. Zachary Lopes. He recently completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music where he studied with jazz pianist, Steve Allee. 

Most recently, as of June of 2022, Ryan and his wife have moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, in order for

him to pursue a career as a studio musician. Jones is happily married to his wife of 6 years, Kristen.

Ryan Jones



Meghan Pund 


Meghan is a clarinetist and saxophonist residing in Louisville, Kentucky. Though she initially studied classically, her musical interests and endeavors span many different genres. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in classical clarinet, Meghan attended Jamey Aebersold’s Summer Jazz Workshops on a scholarship from the local jazz society. The experiences she had there led her to pursue her graduate degree (and a life) in jazz.

Meghan performs frequently in different ensembles throughout Kentucky and Indiana such as her quartet, Brazukas, a Brazilian group led by her husband, Diego, Old Lou’s Ragtime Band, the Don Krekel Orchestra, the Friends Big Band, and many others, and she enjoys teaching at the Jazz Retreats every summer with Pat Harbison and his all-star faculty.

Picture of Meghan Pund




Joey Tartell

Photo of Joey Tartell

Joey Tartell is a professor of trumpet and chair of the brass department at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. 

An active performer, he is a founding member of the trumpet ensemble Tromba Mundi, regularly plays lead trumpet for pops concerts with orchestras across the country including the Cleveland Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as well as big bands such as the Steve Allee Big Band. Joey has toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, including a State Department tour of India, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, including a State Department tour of Egypt. 

He has also toured with the Boston Brass and Canadian Brass.  Joey completed his bachelor of music at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Barbara Butler and earning a performer’s certificate, and his master’s of music in jazz studies at the University of Miami as Gil Johnson’s teaching assistant.






Have questions?

Please contact Dr. Sarah Herbert.

Dr. Sarah Hebert



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