In May 2013, Denson Angulo became the first person in Utah to earn a DMA in bass performance and jazz studies.
In February 2012, Grammy Award-winning Gordon Goodwin's Little Phat Band performed on campus. Gordon Goodwin received three Emmy Awards and 13 Grammy nominations for his instrumental arrangement of "Incredits" for the movie "The Incredibles."
Jazz Ensemble I and the school's combo Hot Club of Zion stole the show by earning perfect scores at the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival in May 2012.
At the 2011 Reno Jazz Festival, students Scott Embley, Matt Weidner and Nate Ashbaugh received awards for compositions, and all our soloists received Outstanding Soloist awards.