The University of West Georgia Jazz Ensemble consist of a big band and jazz combos that perform both on campus and on tour. Each year the Jazz Ensemble hosts the Sunbelt Jazz Festival, featuring clinic sessions and performances by notable world-class artists such as T. S. Monk Jr., Bobby Shew, Chris Vadala, Jerry Coker, Vincent DiMartino, Steve Weist, Rob McConnell, Gary Foster, Lew Soloff, and others. The band performs each semester and in the spring takes a performing tour throughout the Southeast. The ensemble serves as the resident band for the annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival. Auditions are held each semester.
Dan Bakos, director