SIOUX CENTER—The Dordt University’s Campus-Community Band is dedicated to the performance of significant literature for wind band. Since 2003, the group has welcomed community members and outstanding high school students to perform as members of the group.
Dordt students are also among the membership.
With the assumption of the position of director of instrumental ensembles, Onsby Rose is excited to get started making music with students and community members alike.
“One of the unique aspects of the Dordt Music Department is the existence of the ‘Campus-Community’ Band,” Rose said. “In this group, Dordt music students are given the opportunity to perform alongside community members from the Northwest Iowa region. Many of the participating community members are music educators from the area, as well as those that do things outside music, but still desire to perform on their instrument after leaving the college or high school environment.”
Another unique aspect is that the Campus-Community Band also welcomes high school students. The only thing required for a high school student musician to participate in the ensemble is for their school band director or private lessons teacher to sign a note saying they are musically qualified to be in the group. The student would then bring this to the director at the first rehearsal.
Dordt’s Campus-Community Band will have its first rehearsal 7-9 p.m. Sept. 26. Rehearsals will continue that same two-hour period on Thursday evenings in the instrumental rehearsal room in the BJ Haan Auditorium. Rehearsals do not take place during university breaks.
The band gives two concerts each semester, which will be Oct. 11 and Dec. 13 next fall. Music will be chosen from the established wind band repertoire as well as newly written works. Rose even plans to play a couple of his own compositions for band, as well as music by other Dordt music faculty.
Rose is placing a huge emphasis on the welcoming of previous members from the community as well as new members that would like to participate in the band. He is even willing to help you locate an instrument to perform on if you do not have one currently.
“Come out and join with your fellow community members and make music together in Sioux Center,” he said.
If you, or anyone you know, would like to participate in the Campus-Community Band, e-mail Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.