Music Ensembles

Credit: 1 semester hour. Concert band, marching band, campus band, lab band (jazz/stage), symphony or orchestral group. Open to music majors and non-music majors with a background in instrumental music (including a recommendation of high school director) through audition on their respective instrument. Audition music should consist of region band etudes, class I solos, scales and sight reading. Color Guard prepares a representative routine to demonstrate ability. Performances at all home football games, select away games, annual Buccaneer Marching Festival, exhibition performances and local parades. Marching Band participation requires three additional hours of group practice/rehearsal per week.

Credit: 1 semester hour. Concert band, marching band, campus band, lab band (jazz/stage), symphony or orchestral group. Open to music majors and non-music majors with a background in instrumental music (including a recommendation of high school director) through audition on their respective instrument. Audition music should consist of region band etudes, class I solos, scales and sight reading. Performances include campus concerts for Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band and off campus concerts annually scheduled at area high schools on the annual concert tour for Wind Symphony. Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band participation requires three additional hours of group practice/rehearsal per week.

Concert band, marching band, campus band, lab band (jazz/stage), symphony or orchestral group. Members selected through the audition process with priority given to members of the marching/concert band. Music includes: jazz, big band, Latin, rock and contemporary jazz. Performances: on campus concerts, annual Blinn Jazz Festival, and various functions in the community including appearances at area high schools.

Credit: 1 semester hour. Smaller instrumental ensembles: wind, string, percussion, piano, or lab (jazz, rock, fusion, or contemporary). Members are selected through an audition with priority given to members of the marching/symphonic-concert bands. Music includes traditional Caribbean music and additional arrangements of classical and contemporary music for steel drum ensemble. Performances include campus concerts and various functions in the community. Prerequisites: Students must audition at the beginning of the semester to gain admittance into the ensemble. Students should be a member of the Blinn College band program although exceptions can be made.

Credit: 1 semester hour. Smaller instrumental ensembles: wind, string, percussion, piano, or lab (jazz, rock, fusion, or contemporary). Required and limited to woodwind players in the marching/concert band. Ensembles grouped in sections: flutes, clarinets, saxophones, double reeds or upper woodwinds and low woodwinds. Music consists of excerpts from the symphonic literature and selected arrangements unique to the individual grouping of instruments. Ensemble participation requires an additional hour of practice/rehearsal per week.

Credit: 1 semester hour. Smaller instrumental ensembles: wind, string, percussion, piano, or lab (jazz, rock, fusion, or contemporary). Required and limited to brass players in the marching/concert band. Ensembles grouped in sections: trumpets, French horns, tuba/euphonium, trombones, or high brass and low brass. Music consists of excerpts from the symphonic literature and selected arrangements unique to the individual grouping of instruments. Ensemble participation requires an additional hour of practice/rehearsal per week.

Credit: 1 semester hour. This course is for members of the Blinn College Drumline and Color Guard. Students in this course will focus on warm-ups, routines, and specialized works specific to each unit. Percussionists will focus on developing fundamental rudimental skills and refine their marching abilities through advanced warm-ups, cadences, and show music. Color Guard members will work on the fundamentals of modern technique, and refine their skills using warmups, specialized routines, and show movements. Co-requisites: MUEN 1124 or MUEN 2124.

Credit: 1 semester hour. Smaller instrumental ensembles: wind, string, percussion, piano, or lab (jazz, rock, fusion, or contemporary). Open to members of the wind symphony/symphonic band during the spring semester. Material includes: section preparation of concert literature and selected percussion ensemble pieces. Concert performances may include school visits, and on-campus concerts.

Credit: 1 semester hour. Any major choral group, campus choir, chorus, or swing choir. Open to everyone, this chorus specializes in music of many periods and interests. There is no experience or background in choral music required, nor experience in music reading or singing. The emphasis of this course is to perform quality choral music while teaching group vocal techniques.

Credit: 1 semester hour.  This group consists of singers with prior musical experience. Auditions take place every semester and are based on ability to contribute vocally, and/or sight read. Students in this choir work at a faster pace than in Choral Union, and perform numerous concerts both on and off campus, representing the college. This group specifically explores women’s chorus repertoire.  Prerequisite: Audition.

Credit: 1 semester hour. Vocal ensemble, glee club, madrigals, or small swing choir. This group consists of singers with prior musical experience. Auditions take place every semester and are based on ability to contribute vocally, and/or sight read. Students in this choir work at a faster pace than in Choral Union, and perform numerous concerts both on and off campus, representing the college. Prerequisite: Audition.

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