Instrumental Music Performing Ensembles
If you would like to information on band scholarships, would like to register for a scholarship, or need to review the posted audition materials and requirements, visit the Instrumental Music Scholarship page.
The Butler Concert Band is the core of the Butler Band Department. All instrumental students who play concert band instruments participate in the Concert Band. Musicians must meet certain proficiency requirements set forth by the director. The band performs in a variety of settings including departmental concerts and community events.
The Butler Sideliners Pep Band is the face and voice of the Butler Band Department at athletic events. Our members regularly perform for home basketball games and football games.
The Butler Jazz Ensemble is a 17 to 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.
Show Band & Jazz Combo
The Jazz and Commercial Styles Workshop Class includes a select nine to ten piece ensemble. Butler 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. Also included in this class is a five to six piece combo. The combo performs literature which requires comfort with improvisation and performing in a small ensemble.
Coming to Butler in the fall of 2015, the Percussion Ensemble will feature a Drumline during football season and a Concert Percussion Ensemble following football season. This is a select group. Audition materials are posted on the Instrumental Music Scholarship page.
The formation of chamber ensembles is highly encouraged. These groups play a variety of music from classical to popular styles, and are formed based on student interest.