College Jazz Orchestra – the Big Band of the University of Mannheim!

The big band of the University of Mannheim, known as the College Jazz Orchestra, consists of 20 musicians and offers a comprehensive program which is renewed and extended every semester. Its leader is Jochen Welsch. In addition to big band classics by Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Peter Herbolzheimer, the band’s repertoire also includes swing compositions from film and pop music, as well as funk songs by Tower of Power. The musicians are mostly students of the university, but some graduates are also part of the band.

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We are ooking for new musicians!

Are you a music enthusiast and would you like to become part of the College Jazz Orchestra of the University of Mannheim? Now is your chance: the Bigband is looking for players of trombone, guitar, drums/percussions and bass, especially. But also, those playing saxophone, trumpet, guitar or vibraphone as well as singers are welcome to join.

If you are interested, please contact Jochen Welsch (jwelsch until 11 September.


About Us

Here you can learn more about the big band of the University of Mannheim and its leader Jochen Welsch as well as the singer Stefan Ebert.


Please send your booking requests to:

Jochen Welsch, jwelsch


We want to thank the following groups for their support:

University of Mannheim
President’s Office of the University of Mannheim
Service and Marketing GmbH of the University of Mannheim
Studium Generale