CMU ensembles are open to all university students by audition.
Jazz has been a part of Central Michigan University since 1956, when the "Swingin' Chips" were organized. Students at CMU can participate in - Jazz Lab I, Jazz Central. Auditions for jazz bands generally take place the first week of classes.
Highlights in Jazz each year include:
- A performance at the Ford International Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival
- Performances by all CMU jazz ensembles as part of the CMU/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Weekend in Mid-February.