DePaul University Jazz Ensemble (2011 Iowa City Jazz Festival) Directed by Bob Lark, the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble is considered one of the finest collegiate jazz bands in the country. They have appeared at the International Association for Jazz Education Conference, the Duke Ellington International Conference, the National Association of Music Merchants Conference, the Jazz Party at Sea aboard the S.S. Norwegian Sun, twice aboard the Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner for their Annual Floating Jazz Festival, and a concert tour of Italy.
An annual recording project by the Jazz Ensemble featuring student, faculty, and commissioned works occurs each spring. These recordings have produced a number of awards from the Jazz Educator's Journal, DownBeat and JazzTimes magazines. The Jazz Ensemble has recorded a number of CD's with legendary jazz artists, including Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Tom Harrell, Louie Bellson, Frank Wess, and Bobby Shew.