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The RPI Jazz Ensemble is one of the best known musical groups at RPI. The Jazz Ensemble performs typical contemporary jazz fare, such as, but not limited to, bebop, swing, cool, funk, modern postbop, avant-garde, traditional, and Latin arrangements. Favorites of the band in recent years have been Anthropology by John "Dizzy" Gillespie & Charlie "Bird" Parker, Miles Davis's Four, and Nat Adderley's Work Song. Soloing and improvisation is encouraged and welcomed, but not mandatory. The Jazz Ensemble performs in a variety of locales throughout the year, from the West Hall Auditorium to the popular McNeil Room in the Rensselaer Union. Annual events include Parent's Weekend, the January Jamboree, and GM Week. The Jazz Ensemble also plays off-campus in the community several times per year. In 1999, the Jazz Ensemble participated in Duke Ellington's Sacred Music with the RPI Chorale at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, conducted by David Berger.