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Band and Instrumental Music Program

Mission Statement

The University of Mount Union Band and Instrumental Music Program provides a wide array of performance and instruction opportunities. Our ensemble experiences offer a prolonged love of art and music, challenge individual and group standards on varying levels, build a sense of citizenship in the band and community, and develop musicality across the board. Our directors have strong backgrounds in performance and education and are very enthusiastic about sharing their passion and knowledge for the betterment of the music community.


Community and High School Opportunities

There are several ways for members of the community and high school students to get involved with the Band and Instrumental Music Program at Mount Union. The Concert Band (offered Spring semester) is open to members of the community, high school students, faculty, staff and students of the University of Mount Union. Tuba Christmas is a once-a-year opportunity for tuba and euphonium players to participate in the great tradition of low brass caroling. The Stark County Honors Flute Choir is an opportunity for talented high school flutists to rehearse and perform regularly with others of the same caliber. The Christmas Festival of Flutes is open to all flutists, including pre-formed groups from schools, churches and the community. 

 

New Guitar Class​! 

Interested in studying guitar at Mount Union? Whether you're a total beginner or have some experience, there are options for you! For people who are total beginners at guitar or have played a little bit but haven't gotten very far, there is the Beginning Guitar Class where the basics of different techniques and styles of guitar playing are covered. This class is a great choice for both those who have never played an instrument before or who have played another instrument but are new to guitar. For people who have been playing for a while and are comfortable with the basics of the guitar, individual one-on-one weekly private guitar lessons are available with our guitar professor, Jeremey Poparad. Contact Jeremey at poparaje@mountunion.edu or the VPA office for more details.


Fall 2021 Band Camp Schedule | August 12-19

All students living on campus for the Fall 2020 semester will be able to move in to their assigned rooms on the morning of their scheduled band camp check-in date.

  • August 12  — Band Leadership Reports (afternoon)
  • August 13  — Drum Line, Flag Line, and Twirlers Report (afternoon)
  • August 14  — Remainder of Band Reports (afternoon)
  • August 15-19  — Regular Band Camp Schedule (tentative): 8:30 am to 8:30 pm

Daily Schedule TBA

Season performance schedule can be found in the "Purple Raider Marching Band" tab below

*Once you are registered for marching band (MUS 267) you will have access to the band’s D2L page, which will have updated schedules, policies, music, and drill when available.

Wind Ensembles

WIND ENSEMBLE

Our premiere wind band is comprised of exceptional students including majors and non-majors alike. Repertoire is hand selected to highlight the strengths of the ensemble as well as challenge the musicality of the participants. Rehearsals are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the Spring semester of the Academic Year. Acceptance is through scheduled auditions, yet all are encouraged to apply.

 

CONCERT BAND

Our secondary wind band included majors and non-majors as well. The group is open to accelerated high school students as well as enthusiastic community members. This group gives our Music Education majors an opportunity to develop their secondary instrument skills, gives high school students additional performance experiences, offers prolonged music making in community members, and contributes to the sense of citizenship in the Alliance community. Repertoire is hand selected to expand the musicianship of participating members. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday nights during the Spring semester of the Academic Year. There are no auditions, but previous music experience is required.