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Concert Band

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.

Recent highlights of the Drexel Concert Band include its performance at the Kimmel Center of Philadelphia in February 2012 (under the direction of the late Myron D. Moss, Director of Band from 2006-2012), concert performance with guest conductor Maestro Filippo Salemmi (Bevagna, Italy) in Winter 2013, and premiere performances of two works by composers Luke Abruzzo and Mark Kuss for The Composer & The Choreography: New Music for Dance, featuring the Drexel Dance Ensembles (Miriam Giguere, Department Head and former Dance Program Director) and choreographies of Meredith Rainey and Olive Prince.

Check out our Fall 2019 performance of "Rocky Point Holiday" by Ron Nelson.

Membership

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, pbailey@drexel.edu, 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.

Rehearsal Schedule

  • When: Monday & Wednesday, 5:30–6:50 p.m.
  • Where: MacAlister Hall, Room 2032

Performance Schedule

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.