The Drexel University Concert Band connects students from across the University through shared experience and performance. The students who make up this ensemble are non-music majors who come from backgrounds in architecture, biology, engineering, computer science, fashion design, behavioral and health sciences, music industry, and more. These students rehearse twice a week, Monday and Wednesday, and perform great works from the concert band repertoire. Concerts are held at the end of the fall, winter, and spring terms, and are free and open to the public. Admission to the ensemble is by audition only.
Check out our Concert Band playlist of recent performances and recordings.
Membership in the Drexel University Concert Band is by audition only. Students who are interested in auditioning for the Drexel University Concert Band should contact the Music Director & Conductor, Mr. Patrick Bailey, firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule an audition. The ensemble consists of piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, Eflat and Bflat soprano clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, piano, timpani, percussion (battery and mallet), and occasionally string bass and harp.
Performance scholarships are available for eligible students who are accepted into the ensemble based on their audition; scholarship auditions are typically held during Admitted Students Weekends in April, and are scheduled with the ensemble director. Students auditioning for Concert Band scholarships are also invited to apply for our Performing Arts Impact Scholarship Award.
The requirements for what materials need to be prepared for the audition is the same for membership as it is for performance scholarship. This information, in addition to information about performance scholarships, can be found on the scholarships page; click "Music Auditions" and scroll down to view the Concert Band information.
- When: Monday & Wednesday, 5:30–6:50 p.m.
- Where: MacAlister Hall, Room 2032
Please refer to our upcoming events or full performance calendar pages for current performance information.
Concert Band end of term concerts are free to attend but registration is required. Tickets can be reserved on our ticketing site.
Kimberly Archer – Fanfare Politiea
Leonard Bernstein, arr. Paul Lavender – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Aaron Copland – Emblems
Katahj Copley – Halcyon Hearts
Norman Dello Joio – Scenes from the Louvre
Julie Giroux – Riften Wed
Julie Giroux – Symphony No. IV: “Bookmarks from Japan”
Gustav Holst – First Suite in E flat for Military Band
Gustav Holst – Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo
Boris Kozhevnikov (ed. John R Bourgeois) - Symphony No. 3: “Slavyanskaya”
John Mackey – Strange Humors
John Williams, arr. Bulla – Escapades: music from Catch Me if You Can, featuring Philip O’Banion and Todd Groves
Samuel Barber – Commando March – 1943
Leonard Bernstein, arr. Grundman – Candide Suite – 1956
Leonard Bernstein, arr. Sweeney – Suite from Mass– 1971 featuring the Philadelphia Brass
Katahj Copley – Icarus – 2019
Katahj Copley – In Living Color – 2021
Katahj Copley – Where the Skies Have No Stars – 2020
Julie Giroux – One Life Beautiful – 2010
Howard Hanson – Chorale & Alleluia – 1954
Chris Hazell – Three Brass Cats – 2009 including the Philadelphia Brass
Ronald Lo Presti – Elegy for a Young American – 1967
David Maslanka – The Traveler – 2003
Vincent Persichetti – Divertimento for Band, Op. 42 – 1950
Randall Standridge – Choose Joy – 2022
Frank Ticheli – Symphony no. 2, mvt III "Apollo Unleashed" – 2003
Omar Tomas – Our New Day Begun – 2015
Clifton Williams – Caccia and Chorale – 1976