Jazz Studies

Jazz Ensembles

Washburn Jazz Orchestra

Dr. Craig Treinen who leads The Washburn Jazz Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier jazz ensembles in the country. The ensemble has been acknowledged for its musicality and technical precision from a number of highly recognized jazz educators and artists.  The ensemble performs a wide variety of literature from early jazz to modern contemporary styles. Membership is audition only.

Washburn Concert Jazz Orchestra

Dr. Craig Treinen who leads the Washburn Concert Jazz Orchestra is for majors and non-majors interested in continuing their study in jazz. The group meets on a regular basis performing standard jazz ensemble literature.  The group is auditioned for chair placement only.

Jazz Combos


Jazzocracy is Washburn University’s premier jazz combo performing literature of highly recognized jazz artists and original compositions.  The group averages 30 performances each year including jazz festivals, university performances, and at corporate and community events. Membership is audition only. Scholarships are available.

The Jazz Colonists

The Jazz Colonist is an beginning/intermediate level jazz combo. Students of all instrumentation are welcome to study and learn jazz improvisation in a small group setting. Students wanting to participate in this group must have a basic knowledge of all major and minor scales. Membership is audition only.

For additional information contact Craig Treinen at craig.treinen@washburn.edu

Craig TreinenDr. Craig Treinen is the Director of Jazz Studies/Applied Saxophone at Washburn University. Dr. Treinen, alum of Washburn University, received Bachelors degrees in both Music Education and Saxophone Performance. He received his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Jazz Education, and a Masters Degree in Music Education from Kansas State University.
In 1990, Dr. Treinen entered the United States Air Force as a Saxophone Specialist with the Heartland of America Band (formerly the USAF Strategic Air Command Band) stationed in Omaha, Nebraska. He served as the Principle Alto Saxophonist in the symphonic band and was the Musical Director and Lead Alto Saxophonist for the Heartland of America Band Jazz Ensemble, “The Noteables.” While serving, Dr. Treinen was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his solo work with the “Noteables” Jazz Ensemble and Air Force Achievement Medal for his accomplishments directing the “Noteables” during The United States Air Force 50th anniversary World War II show. In 1995, he was awarded Airman of the Year and Outstanding Airman Bandsman from the United States Air Force. Dr. Treinen served as the artistic and education director for the Coleman Hawkins Heritage Jazz Festival and is currently chairing the education and scholarship committees for the Topeka Jazz Workshop Inc. Dr. Treinen currently directs the TJW youth high school jazz program in Topeka, Kansas and is currently the jazz advisor for the state of Kansas (KMEA).
Dr. Treinen is a nationally recognized jazz educator and performer. His current solo work can be heard on the following recordings: “Chronicles of Carmella,” by guitarist Dr. Wayne Goins, “Introducing Sean Parsons,” by pianist Dr. Sean Parsons and vocalist Kevin Mahogany’s CD “Big Band.” Throughout his career, Dr. Treinen has performed with such legendary performers such as Lee Greenwood, Shirley Jones, Crystal Gayle, Bob Denver, Grant Stewart, Frank Mantooth, Karin Allison, George Duke, Terrell Stafford, John Fedchock, Wycliff Gordon, Byron Strippling, and Eric Marienthal. He has also backed The Temptations, Four Tops and The Shirelles, and big bands such as Kansas City Boulevard Big Band, Trilogy Big Band, The Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, Omaha Big Band, Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, De Moines Big Band, Ron Capps Big Band and The River City Big Band.
Currently, Dr. Treinen performs with the New Vintage Big Band and 9plus1 in Kansas City. He continues to be an active performer and clinician providing clinics, workshops, and lectures on saxophone and jazz education throughout the United States. Dr. Treinen is currently being inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame, class of 2015.

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