Below is a table of charter group rehearsal times and contact information. All rehearsals are held in the main rehearsal room in the J Building Music Suite. Below the chart is a list of the Charter Groups under RMA as well as a short description of each group.
8th Street Swing Band
The 8th Street Swing Band plays everything from your favorite big band tunes to inventive and challenging jazz compositions of various styles. If you have a passion for music and love that classic swing style, or simply want to explore some new musical styles, come jam with us and bring your groove.
saxes, trombones, trumpets, piano, guitar, upright bass, drums
Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra
The Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra is, along with the rest of the Jazz@Rensselaer, dedicated to educating and performing the art of traditional jazz music in a big-band setting. The ACJO is dedicated to performance of Afro-Cuban and Latin arrangements of jazz standards as well as original mambos, cha chas, rhumbas and guaguanco, etc.
Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
The Contemporary Jazz Ensemble is, along with the rest of the Jazz@Rensselaer, dedicated to educating and performing the art of traditional jazz music in a big-band setting. The focus of the CJE is on rock, funk, Latin, soul, etc.
Standard jazz ensemble
Duly Noted is RPI’s first All-Male A Cappella group, founded in 2008. They sing a lot of pop and rock music, and we like to perform at various on campus events throughout the academic year.
Many moons ago in 2003, a ragtag group of brave Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students joined forces to fight off the bitter winds of Troy, NY through the power of music. Among them, they shared a love for singing a cappella and procrastinating on homework. Thus, Partial Credit was born. The Troy winters may still be cold, but the group lives on, spreading the warmth and joy of a cappella music through a wide range of musical tastes. Whether an indie tune, a comedic musical salute, or a unique ballad, Partial Credit takes pride in entertaining others while having fun performing.
RPI Pep Band
The Pep Band, also known as America’s Pep Band, plays for the home football and hockey games as well as many away games. The members are students out to have fun and support the RPI athletic teams. Students of all ability levels are welcome to join. Willingness to have fun is the only requirement!
Flutes, Clarinets, Alto/Tenor/Bari Sax, Mellophone, Euphonium, Baritone, Sousaphone, French Horn, Trumpet, Various Percussion, etc.
The Percussion Ensemble provides an opportunity for students to develop and enhance their skills in an organized setting. With their professional director, they rehearse weekly and perform each semester. The music they play is as diverse as the skills of the members: Guatemalan marimba, music for drum sets, abstract music utilizing exotic instruments, etc. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves, learn new skills, and have fun!
Concert Jazz Orchestra
The Concert Jazz Orchestra studies and performs concert jazz big band music from the 1940s to the 1980s. They have performed tunes from Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, and Wynton Marsalis to just name a few. If you enjoy the concert jazz repertoire then be sure to audition!
Saxes, Trombones, Trumpets, Piano, Guitar, Upright bass, Drums
RPIgnite is one of RPI’s newest clubs on campus. The organization was founded in the Spring of 2013 and made its first performance at Spring Fling of that year. In November of 2013 the group was officially recognized by the Rensselaer Union. At this point the group was only five members but finished off the Spring 2014 year with six performances in six weeks. In September 2014 the organization became a Union funded organization and is now almost twenty members. The group is working on growing and becoming the heartbeat of Rensselaer.
The Symphonic Band is the community concert band and originally stemmed from the Pep Band. The repertoire ranges from Gustav Holst’s Second Suite for Military Band in F Major to Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. The Symphonic Band performs two concerts every semester and even travels to local communities to perform. New members are always welcome!
Wind instruments and percussion