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Music/Marching and Jazz Band @ Penn

jhum111jhum111 Posts: 676Registered User Member
edited November 2005 in University of Pennsylvania
I'm an accomplished sax player, and if i get into Penn, I was just wondering how the music scene is..how is the marching band, jazz band, etc.
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Replies to: Music/Marching and Jazz Band @ Penn

  • muppetcoatmuppetcoat Posts: 341Registered User Member
  • DogDayAfternoonDogDayAfternoon Posts: 120Registered User Junior Member
    penn band = goofy, scramble band. they play at the football games and stuff.

    jazz band = a big bang style ensemble, plus they split off into smaller combo groups. one of my hallmates is in it so i've heard about it.

    i dont know how good the bands are relative to other schools.
  • jhum111jhum111 Posts: 676Registered User Member
    Thanks, I posted mostly to get a perspective from players in the band or students that know them, I've been to the site before...Any other input would be excellent because music is a definite hook on my app
  • HarpingchicHarpingchic Posts: 1,897Registered User Senior Member
    Unless you play another instrument, I know orchestra isn't an option for you, but it is quite good. We played Tchiak Symphony 5 and Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto at our last concert. The Wind Ensemble is not as good as the orchestra in comparison. However, it's a good group. To give you an idea about the kind of stuff we play: at our last concert we played a Sousa march, Shostakovitch's "Festive Overture," our smaller ensemble played "Petite Symphonie" by Gounod, "Kentucky Harmony" by Grantham, and "Passacaglia on B-A-C-H." For our next concert, we're working on "A Movement for Rosa" by Camphouse, Hindemith's "March," "Marche Militaire Francaise" by Saint-Saens, and "Lincolnshire Posy" by Granger. Even if you're not interested in this group, you can always start your own chamber/jazz group.
  • chibiajiajinchibiajiajin Posts: 813Registered User Member
    I'm a violist and I'd like to play in Penn's orchestra, but I'm not a music major of any kind. Can I still play in it, and are there auditions??
  • Gold DuckGold Duck Posts: 191Registered User Junior Member
    jhum- What (if anything?) do you want to know about the Penn Band?

    chibiajiajin- Yes and Yes
  • jhum111jhum111 Posts: 676Registered User Member
    I was just wondering if in marching band, do saxophones have a big presence, is it popular? do you do band competitions? how much time does it take out of your studying..
  • AnzanarAnzanar Posts: 107Registered User Junior Member
    the band isn't serious like high school bands sometimes are. it's just for fun, mostly.
  • Gold DuckGold Duck Posts: 191Registered User Junior Member
    I don't quite understand what you mean by popular and a big presence. If you mean within the band, of course saxes an important part. If you mean within the context of the whole school, well, Penn is just under 10,000 undergrads and thus popularity (or lack thereof) is just not possible like it might have had in HS (certain Greeks, athletes, DP columnists, and groups like Mask and Wig may have an impact on a large part of campus, but there is no group that runs all of campus. It all depends on what crowd(s) you are in.). As far as the band's popularity, there are about 50-85 people on any given day. Not the biggest numbers considering the school's size, but sufficient. Another gauge of popularity is reception to the shows, which are overall positive, but always depend on what show is being done. Student's love it if the band plays Reel Big Fish and spell 420, the Old Guard loves the band for playing The Red and Blue, the Alma Mater, etc and everybody loves Drink a Highball. Thus

    Band is about about a 4-5 hour committment any given week during football season, plus the games. Of course, you are not required to go to any event so if you cannot make it you don't have to show up. Obviously if you want to perform during the show you must attend rehearsal, but its not like HS with a regimented mandatory schedule. And there are no competitions, though writing and performing a better show than the opposing band is aways good.
  • peachykweenpeachykween Posts: 589Registered User Member
    Anyone know if a large amount of clarinet players are graduating? (Please say yes)

    Music is my only hook.
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