The Moraine Valley Concert Band is a 40-60 piece symphonic wind and percussion ensemble comprising of college students, advanced high school students and adult community members. The group meets Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. each week throughout the fall and spring semesters. Enrollment is open to wind and percussion instrumentalists with prior experience in high school or university/college concert band. Seating auditions normally are held following the first two rehearsals for the semester.
Typical music repertoire includes contemporary concert works, classical transcriptions, Broadway show tunes, and patriotic marches. The group performs several concerts each year, both on and off campus. The director of the Concert Band is Douglass Bratt.
We currently have openings in all instrument sections; however, we have a particular need for saxophonists, bassoonists, French horn, trumpet, trombone and tuba players.
Degree-seeking and transfer students may enroll in the concert band for one academic credit hour. Concert Band I-IV course codes are MUS-175, 176, 275, 276. First-time ensemble students should enroll in MUS-175 and then enroll in the next numbered course for each subsequent semester. Instructor's consent is required. Course is repeatable up to four times for academic credit.
Non-degree-seeking community members should register for MU4-310-200 (instructor's written consent required). Registration fee is $25 per academic semester.
College-Owned Instruments Available
Concert band members are required to own their own instruments; however, the college does have available several larger and less commonly owned instruments for use by students participating in the ensemble. In all cases students are required to purchase and provide their own reeds and/or mouthpieces.
1 - Piccolo (Yamaha)
1 - Bass Clarinet (Yamaha)
1 - Bassoon (Fox III)
1 - Soprano Saxophone (Yamaha)
1 - Tenor Saxophone (Conn)
1 - Baritone Saxophone (King)
2 - French Horns (Conn 8D)
2 - Euphoniums (Yamaha)
2 - BBb Tubas (St. Petersburg)
Various concert percussion, Latin percussion, drum sets and other percussion instruments