The Bands at Bucknell are open to all students, regardless of major, through audition. Rehearsal and performance schedules are designed to accommodate the type of academic load often undertaken by Bucknell students, yet allow for the development of the highest musical performance standards. Students from disciplines across campus participate in the Band.
Becoming a member of the Bucknell Symphonic Band will provide you with personal and academic connections that will enhance your life beyond the classroom. Band members are more than musical colleagues; they are members of a musical family. The ensemble's warmth and respect creates a safe and encouraging environment which leads to quality friendships, musical excellence and inspired performance.
Auditions are held the three days before classes begin (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday) in Room 207 of the Sigfried Weis Music Building. A sign-up sheet with available times will be posted at that location. Musicians are encouraged to bring a prepared piece; however, this is not a requirement. In addition, wind instrumentalists will be asked to play a common scale or two to demonstrate range, and possibly to perform a brief sight-reading excerpt. Percussion auditions are determined by the stated interests and abilities of each percussionist. If you need to borrow a university instrument for an audition, please contact the director prior to the audition.
The Symphonic Band at Bucknell rehearses and performs in a truly professional setting, and we continue to perform the most exciting and challenging band- and wind-ensemble repertoire available. Rehearsals are held Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. Concerts are held twice per semester, and the concert season usually concludes a couple of weeks before final exams. Rehearsals and concerts are both held in the beautiful state-of-the-art Weis Center for the Performing Arts.
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