Union Jazz

UNION JAZZ is an ensemble for student and adult musicians concentrating on instruction and performance of improvisational jazz. This ensemble seeks players of traditional jazz instruments and includes members of USYO brass and percussion sections. Instructor Dennis Contreras meets with this ensemble on select Sundays. Go to unionjazz.org to download a complete schedule.


2016–2017 Season


Spring Art Walk
April 7, 2017
Downtown Monroe

Jazz at John’s Place                                                                                      
April 8, 2017 featuring Dennis Contreras & Friends



Pops on the Plaza
May 2017
The Plaza of Downtown Monroe
Sponsored by The City of Monroe

Past Performances of the Season

Friday, October 14 at 8 PM
Lobby of Symphony office, 201 N. Main St., Downtown Monroe
Alexander Parr (trumpet), Ethan Parr (trombone), Nicolas Karpov (trumpet) & Grant Hughes (piano) will perform songs by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane

Jazz Night
Thursday, August 18, 7–11 PM
Casual evening with Union Symphony
Featuring music by Union Jazz Director, Dennis Contreras & Friends
Opening performance by Union Jazz
Cash bar and light snacks
The Bottle Factory Venue in Downtown Monroe

Fall Art Walk