Charter Groups

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.
Charter group rehearsal times and contacts
Group Name Manager Name and Email Rehearsal Time Audition
8th Street Swing Band Noam Eshed Wednesday: 7PM-9PM Yes
Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra Matthew Lamport Thursday: 9PM-10:30PM Yes
Concert Jazz Orchestra Samuel Ellman Monday: 8PM-9:30PM Yes
Contemporary Jazz Ensemble Alexander Giles Tuesday: 5PM-7PM Yes
Duly Noted Acapella Matthew Thayer Sunday:4PM-6PM & Tuesday/Thursday: 8PM-10PM Yes
Early Jazz Orchestra Rachel Ratte Monday: 6PM-7:30PM Yes
Partial Credit Accapella Sage Freter N/A Yes
Pep Band Livina Williams
Dalton Towers
Saturday: 10AM-12PM No
Percussion Ensemble Andrew Updegrove Saturday: 3:30PM-5:30PM Yes
RPIgnite Nick MacNeil Saturday: 12PM-2PM No
Symphonic Band Craig Slegel Thursday: 7PM-9PM Yes

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. We rehearse on Wednesday nights from 7-9:00 in The J Building Music suite.

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.

Duly Noted

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.

Partial Credit

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.

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!

Percussion Ensemble

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!

Repertory Jazz Orchestra

The Repertory 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 Repertory Jazz Orchestra is a masterworks group focusing on composers/arrangers such as Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, etc.


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.

Symphonic Band

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!


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