The Northwestern Concert BandSeptember 15, 2011 — EVANSTON, ILL. — The Northwestern University Concert Band will once again be offered to students on a year-round basis during the 2011-2012 academic year. The first concert of the season is scheduled for 3 p.m. on November 20 in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

"I'm excited...and I hope you can participate this fall," says Daniel J. Farris, director of the University's athletic bands, who also conducts the Concert Band.

The Concert Band is one of ten music ensembles offered by the Bienen School of Music which is open to all qualified Northwestern students, regardless of their major, but it is the only band in the offerings aside from the "Wildcat" Marching Band.  Instrumental students may also join the Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Small Ensembles, the Baroque Music Ensemble, or Philharmonia (the University orchestra).  Several choral options are also available.

For the Concert Band, "Auditions will occur during the first few days of classes, and our first rehearsal is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 29," says Farris. Students may sign up for a ten-minute audition time at  Additional audition information is available below in this article.

Audition Material

Please bring in a prepared solo, etude, or excerpt(s), of your choice. The audition will also include sight reading and two or three major scales of at least two octaves.  Sign up for an audition time at (Please assure that you type in your name and instrument and select the save button on the right side of the screen.)

Wind Audition Dates (in Regenstein 059)

Tuesday, September 20:  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 21:  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.;  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, September 23: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.;  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Monday, September 26: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.;  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Percussion Audition Information

Meet with Mr. Farris in his office, Regenstein Hall 059, on Tuesday, September 27 at 4:30 p.m. for a brief meeting.

Concert Band Rehearsals 

Tuesday and Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  Pick-Staiger Rehearsal Room.  First rehearsal is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 29.


Sunday, November 20th at 3:00 p.m., Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

—Daniel M. Reck (GSESP08)

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