The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble is a 17-piece big band that builds on the 90-year history of swingin’ music at Middlebury. 

The band plays the best of contemporary jazz arrangements, in addition to celebrating the classics. The ensemble comprises the traditional mix of saxes, trombones, trumpets, piano, guitar, bass, and drums, occasionally supplemented by other instruments and vocalists.

Enrolled members obtain one (1) academic credit across two semesters of participation. Playing with the ensemble meets the Music Department’s performance ensemble requirement for majors. Band members are strongly urged to take private lessons with one of the department’s Affiliate Artists; a significant discount is offered to encourage this.

Past Performances

SIJE 88 Basie St 4.30.11.mp3

SIJE Bags' Groove 4.30.11.mp3

SIJE Caravan 11.20.09.mp3

SIJE I Hope in Time a Change Will Come 4.30.11.mp3

SIJE Time After Time.mp3

Meeting Times

Spring and Fall Semesters
Monday and Wednesday, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
Mahaney Arts Center, Room 221


Auditions are open to both music majors and non-majors; experienced players are especially encouraged to apply. There are openings in all sections.


For more information and to schedule your audition time, please contact ensemble director Dick Forman at