Blue Lake International Jazz Ensemble

The 2015 International Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of David Jensen, is comprised of the instrumentation found in a traditional 18 piece jazz big band, with 5 saxes (alto, tenor and bari), 5 trumpets, 5 trombones and rhythm (piano, bass and drums). The group’s repertoire will range from the classic big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Woody Herman to more contemporary composers such as Gordon Goodwin, Bob Mintzer, and John Fedchock.

Their tour will culminate with a special homecoming performance at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp on July 22, 2015.

2015 International Jazz Ensemble
Dave Jensen, Music Director

David Jensen received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Music Performance Degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, in Trombone Performance. Currently on staff at Royal Oak High School, he teaches Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, Jazz Band, Music Theory and Guitar. In addition to teaching, Mr. Jensen maintains an active performing career.  He has performed at every major venue in the Detroit area, and extensively throughout the state. While trombone is his major instrument, he regularly performs on trumpet and electric bass. As a performer, clinician and adjudicator, he makes appearances at Michigan schools and collegiate festivals. Mr. Jensen began his career at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp very early.  A native of Whitehall Michigan, summer camp was an annual event throughout middle school and high school.  He toured Europe as a student with the International Jazz Band in 1982, and most recently directed the band on the 2009 tour. Now, a veteran teacher on the camp jazz staff, he regularly directs bands during the summer sessions and plays trombone in the Faculty Jazz Sextet. He, his wife Lisa and children Kyrstin and Andrew (Blue Lake Campers!) are residents of Royal Oak Michigan. When not making music, the Jensen family can be found somewhere in Michigan’s beautiful outdoors.  The 2015 trip will be Mr. Jensen’s fifth tour with the International Jazz Band.