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Music - Instrumental Ensembles
Due to its location, Benedictine College has the unique opportunity to draw on a large number of accomplished musicians in a small area. To take advantage of this, the BC/Atchison Community Orchestra was formed, where locals from the area join Benedictine students to play great orchestra literature. Few other colleges can boast of such an organization, which brings together the two communities and unites many great musicians.
The Orchestra is open to all string players and to brass and woodwind players by audition. It rehearses and performs standard suites, overtures, symphonies, and other orchestral compositions. The Orchestra is conducted by Mr. Matthew Shepard (contact).
The wind and percussion programs at Benedictine College are some of the most active programs on campus. There are five performing ensembles: The Symphonic Band, Raven Pep Band, Jazz Band, Drum Corps and Brass and Woodwind Ensembles. These ensembles are open to all students regardless of major. Participation awards are available to students in the large instrumental ensembles including Orchestra and Symphonic Band.
For participation award audition information, or questions concerning the ensembles, please contact Ted Hanman at (913) 360-7996 or at this email.
The Symphonic Band performs one to two concerts each semester, and participation is welcomed from all students, regardless of major. Although no audition is required for membership in this ensemble, ability testing and sight reading ability are considered a prerequisite for continued participation. This ensemble is designed to advance the growth of the students' overall musicianship and to promote a lifelong love and respect of music. Each year members participate in the Conducting Practicum, featuring instrumental conducting students as clinicians.
Jazz Band and Jazz Combo
The Benedictine College jazz program consists of the Jazz Band and student directed jazz combo. These ensembles are made up of students of all majors and they are appointed from the symphonic band. Members have performed on tour in the Caribbean on several occasions and received outstanding commendations at Kansas City’s premier 18th and Vine Jazz Festival.
Drum Corps is a marching percussion ensemble which provides opportunities for students to perform for a variety of events including football half time, basketball halftime, opening ceremonies and business events. It is open to all students by audition only.
This ensemble has traditional been a combination of outstanding musicians from the local area and students on campus. They perform at a variety of events included community events, college concerts and opening ceremonies. This is open to all students by audition only.
The Raven Pep Band consists of symphonic band members and performs at all of the college’s home football games and the men and women's home basketball games.
- Learn more about auditions and scholarships.