Jury Duty is a jazz quartet consisting of U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) sophomores Eric Banitt, Mitchell Dangler, Reuben Stump, and Ian Thompson. The group began playing together in preparation for their annual performance examinations in the jazz department. These examinations are called "juries," birthing the group's name. After adequately preparing for their freshman year jury, Jury Duty began writing and performing their original compositions in dorm rooms, houses, and other venues around Ann Arbor.
A yooper hailing from Marquette, Michigan, Eric Banitt is a jazz piano major. With his roots in classical music, Eric also plays the trumpet and violin. Mitch Dangler is a sophomore from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Mitch plays the drum-set, and if you’re lucky he’ll whip out a couple of spoons. Reuben Stump is from Lansing, Michigan, and has been playing the bass for over 4 years. Reuben grew up performing and listening to the Great American Songbook. Ian Thompson is from Troy, Michigan and has been playing guitar for 5 years. Ian's roots are in classical and rock music, having studied the piano and trumpet before switching to guitar.