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BC bOp! Jazz Ensemble

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Demanding…and rewarding. BC bOp!'s musicians have displayed their musical chops in some of the world's hottest places — such as resorts in Cancun, the Bahamas, and Jamaica — and in some of the coolest, like New York City's Carnegie Hall; Downbeat magazine's Jazzfest in Orlando, FL; the Reno Jazz Festival in Nevada; and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho. Closer to home, BC bOp! performs throughout the year everywhere around BC — at cafés, dining halls, outdoor plazas, and Robsham Theater, which always sells out.

The instrumental and vocal ensemble performs traditional and contemporary jazz literature. Its repertoire of over 50 selections includes music from the 1940s to the present and is designed to satisfy a variety of musical tastes.

BC bOp! was featured in numerous publications around BC for its creative Spring 2006 concert theme. Titled ibOp!, the theme was based on the cultural icon taking over college campuses around the globe, the iPod. Click here to read a review of the concert!

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BC bOp! has performed at Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida, and at three Club Med Resorts — in Mexico, the Bahamas, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. They've also appeared at the Reno (NV) and Lionel Hampton (Moscow, ID) Jazz Festivals. The band has achieved "Superior" ratings at every event and consistently placed among the top ten college instrumental and vocal ensembles in national competition.

Membership in BC bOp! is determined by competitive auditions held at the very beginning of the academic year, in September. Auditions are held for instrumentalists, including trumpeters, saxophonists, trombonists, and rhythm section members. Auditions are also held for vocalists.

BC bOp! is under the direction of Sebastian Bonaiuto, Director of Bands.

Check out the Events and Performances Calendar for all BC bOp! events, or call the Band Office at 617-552-3018 for more information.