SNU's Jazz Band trip to Puerto Vallarta provided invaluable experience and wonderful memories

     Southern Nazarene University’s Jazz Band members participated in a trip to the Puerto Vallarta Jazz Festival in February.  The trip provided the SNU students an invaluable experience and wonderful memories.   The students performed six times in three days, with travel days on either end.  Two evening concerts were for the general public, with well over 1000 in attendance each night at a beautiful outdoor amphitheater on the coast. 


The SNU students represented the University very well on those programs, with Travis Vernier and Tommy Goddard cited for outstanding solo work.  In addition to the evening concerts, the band performed for a group of school children at an indoor event and another concert for a panel of clinicians.  

On Sunday morning of the trip, the SNU group visited a local Nazarene church and offered to play some of the bands sacred "big band" selections.  The congregation loved it and welcomed the students with very gracious and warm hospitality.  It was a wonderful connection with those folks.

“Our students represented SNU positively on and off the stage.  I was very proud of their efforts on every level.  The cross-cultural experience was invaluable.  We were all over town interacting with the locals, and also with participants from the other groups at the festival.  The experience for the students is invaluable.  They've provided many tremendous memories for Donna and I,” said Dr. Phil Moore, Professor of Music at Southern Nazarene University.

Dr. Moore conducts the SNU Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, coaches various instrumental chamber groups, and teaches conducting and methods in music education. He holds the B.M.E. from Southern Nazarene University, and the M.M.E. and D.M.A. from the University of Oklahoma. He was the Instrumental Director at Bethany Public Schools from 1974 to 1981, and has been at SNU since 1981, serving as Chairman from 1999 to 2008.

The Jazz Band is comprised of 20 players configured after the "Big Band" style of the 1930’s and 40’s. They perform many jazz standards as well as more contemporary repertoire, encompassing both sacred and secular literature.

SNU's School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and offers programs of excellence immersed in an atmosphere of service.

For more information about the SNU School of Music, contact them at 6729 N.W. 39th Expressway in Bethany, OK 73008.  Phone number is: 405-491-6345 and the email address is:

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.