Dr. Otis French

Teaching Area(s): Music

I believe in involving the students in the process of learning, and allowing them to participate in the instruction process for their peers. My favorite part of the job is seeing the creative process of working on music throughout the semester, and seeing it improve.

Band Program


  • Fall Band (Marching Band and Concert Band)
  • Wind Ensemble (Spring Only)
  • Concert Band (Fall and Spring)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Fall and Spring)
  • Steel Drum Band (Fall and Spring)

Each ensemble has a unique performance schedule that can be viewed on this website.

2017-2018 Mount Union Band

The "Purple Raider" Marching Band is comprised of 110 students. They perform for all home games and home playoff games. The band does NOT perform at away games. We occasionally travel to local and regional band festivals and showcases, and the band has often appeared at the NCAA Division III National Championship Game, aired on national television (ESPN).

The Fall Band is also comprised of a concert band. This ensemble rehearses when it can during the fall season and performs a wonderful Christmas concert in December of each year. Spring Semester offers the Wind Ensemble, which is by audition ONLY, and the Concert Band, which is open to ALL Mount Union students.

Our Jazz Ensemble is open to all students via an audition, and this group rehearses during the Fall and Spring Semesters.

Steel Drum Band is also open to all students, regardless of major.

There is something for everyone in the Band Program at Mount Union. Each ensemble plays a variety of music and offers outstanding performance opportunities as well as wonderful teamwork and leadership experiences.

For more information about the bands, please contact Dr. Otis French.

Band Information

If you have questions about joining the Band Program, music scholarships, auditions, or anything else contact Dr. Otis French at frenchoc@mountunion.edu or in his office at (330) 823-2187.

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