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Performing Ensembles

Membership in the BCC Concert Band is conditioned primarily on instrumentation needs. Therefore, effort is made to recruit as many interested players as possible while maintaining a balanced ensemble. In addition, all musicians must meet certain proficiency requirements set forth by the director. The band performs in a variety of settings ranging from departmental concerts to sporting events.

The BCC Big Band is a 17-19 piece jazz ensemble selected by audition. Emphasis is placed upon learning stylistic concepts in all facets of the jazz idiom and upon development of improvisational skills. The ensemble also devotes time to the study of recordings and live performances by professionals.

The Jazz and Commercial Styles Workshop band is a select nine to 10 piece ensemble. BCC has an exceptionally large library of arrangements for this instrumentation. This band performs in the jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues styles, often with a featured lead singer and background vocalists. Students are continually urged to develop professionalism in their attitudes and to conform to the highest musical standards.

The formation of instrumental combos is encouraged. These groups play a variety of music from jazz to popular commercial styles.

Keyboard Courses

BCC offers several sections of class piano designed to put each beginning student in a laboratory situation. Students majoring in music have the opportunity to take piano proficiency skill preparation and pianists interested in teaching may enroll in Piano Pedagogy and are offered experience in teaching beginning classes to children. The more advanced pianists may also wish to enroll in Applied Piano for private instruction. Accompanists will benefit from Keyboard Accompaniment class and the many accompanist opportunities available at Butler.