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One O'Clock Lab Band

The One O'Clock Lab Band is the seven-time Grammy Award-nominated premiere performing ensemble of the world's first jazz studies program founded and housed at The University of North Texas College of Music.

The One O’Clock Lab Band, under the direction of Alan Baylock, is the premier performing ensemble of the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas jazz studies program. With an unprecedented seven Grammy nominations (one or more per decade since the 70s: Lab ‘75, Lab ‘76, Lab ‘89, Lab ‘91, Lab 2009, Lab 2015) resulting from the library of over sixty critically acclaimed Lab Band recordings to date, the One O’Clock Lab Band is noted for exceptional individual musicianship and tight ensemble performance. Concerts feature the wealth of compositions and arrangements from the UNT jazz library written by current and former North Texas students, compositions by Grammy-nominated composers Neil Slater, Steve Wiest, and Richard DeRosa, jazz composition faculty, and the Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson libraries (both housed exclusively at North Texas). Concert programs may also include classics from the libraries of Count Basie, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, and Bob Brookmeyer, in addition to the finest contemporary writers in jazz.

The One O’Clock Lab Band has toured internationally with great success over the decades, performing in Russia, Mexico, England, Australia, Portugal, Finland, Norway, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Poland, Ireland, and Thailand, where the band performed for the King of Thailand and His Majesty chose to “sit in” with the band. The band has toured the major jazz festivals including Cork/Guinness, Montreux (first college band to do so), Vienne, North Sea, Monterey, Spoleto, Pori and Umbria. In 2010 the band attended the 52nd Grammy Awards while touring in California. The One O’Clock has performed by Presidential invitation at the White House, joined on stage by Duke Ellington and Stan Getz. The band frequently appears in major jazz venues such as Birdland (NYC), Blues Alley (DC), Catalina's (LA), and as the headliner at jazz festivals, music conferences, and concerts hosted by numerous fine arts series, colleges and high schools across the United States and around the world.

Alumni of the North Texas jazz program are virtually everywhere in the professional music industry as performing artists and jazz educators.

The jazz degree program at North Texas began in 1946 under Dr. Gene Hall ('47–'59), gained national recognition under Dr. Leon Breeden ('59–'81), and achieved international renown under Neil Slater ('81–'08). The One O'Clock Lab Band's tradition of excellence continued under Steve Wiest ('08–'14) and Jay Saunders ('14–'16), and is now under the skillful leadership of Alan Baylock. The UNT jazz faculty, chaired by Dr. John Murphy, is the foundation of the North Texas jazz studies division. Eighteen full-time faculty members provide UNT jazz studies students with an educational environment unparalleled among university programs.

Established in 1946, Jazz Studies at UNT is renown as the most storied jazz studies tradition in the world. With nine lab bands (large jazz ensembles) and 25 small groups (jazz combos) along with specialty groups such as The Zebras (keyboard-based rotating theme ensemble), Jazz Strings Ensemble, The L5, Super 400, and 335 (guitar ensembles) The Latin Jazz Lab Band, The U-Tubes (International Trombone Association Kai Winding Award and Eastern Trombone Workshop Award-winning jazz trombone ensemble), and a full range of vocal jazz ensembles, Jazz Studies at UNT is second to none.