Fullerton Jazz Big Band and Latin Ensemble focuse on learning different styles within the Jazz genre including swing, bebop, Latin, bossa nova, and funk. Past performances have featured classic compositions from the big bands of Count Basie, Woody Herman, Thad Jones, and Tommy Dorsey. Contemporary arrangements of famous jazz tunes from composers like Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, and Antonio Carlos Jobim are also included.
Each concert features a standard jazz composition that has been collaboratively arranged by the director and the students in the program. This tradition goes back to the early days of the big band era and is an important aspect of the Fullerton Jazz Big Band and Latin Ensemble curriculum.