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.
Audition information for current students:
Concert Band Scholarship Auditions for all terms of the 2020-2021 academic year will occur by video. Your video audition should be no longer than 7 minutes and can be submitted by email to the Director, Patrick Bailey, at PBailey@drexel.edu. Recordings must be in one take without edits or adjustments. Please be sure the audio is clear. Most mobile phones will be able to readily capture what you need. Please note that due to this year’s auditions being held by video, there is no sight reading requirement.
Because membership in the Concert Band is by audition only, you need to submit an audition even if you are not applying for scholarship. The audition requirements for membership/entry to the Concert Band are the same as the requirements for scholarship. The deadlines are different.
In your video, please state your name, what scales you will play (chromatic and 3 major scales), and your solo selection.
Scholarship auditions for the Spring 2021 term are due Monday, February 15th, 2021.
Membership auditions for the Spring term (same requirements) are open until Monday, March 22nd, 2021.
1) Three major scales (three will be selected from all 12) and one chromatic scale, range of the instrument, in the format of your choice.
2) Basic sight reading (provided)- note: due to auditions for the 2020-2021 academic year being held by video, there is no sight reading requirement.
3) Selection from standard solo repertoire of your choice. You may use state/district music educator's conference audition material as a guide or starting point to choose a selection.
Percussion students are to perform a 2-3-minute solo or etude of their choice on each of the following three instruments: timpani, snare drum, and one mallet instrument choice (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone). Scales and rudiments will be asked.
Check out our Fall 2019 performance of "Sky Is Waiting" by Samuel Hazo.
Performance Scholarships are available for students who are accepted into the ensemble; scholarship auditions are typically held during Admitted Students Weekends in April, and are scheduled with the ensemble director.
Students who are interested in auditioning for the Drexel University Concert Band should contact the Music Director & Conductor, Mr. Patrick Bailey, email@example.com, for audition requirements and more information.
- When: Monday & Wednesday, 5:30–6:50 p.m.
- Where: MacAlister Hall, Room 2032