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Music Scholarship Information

The Adrian College Music Department

Adrian College Bands . . .

 

Dr. Marty Marks, director

The Bulldog Marching Band recently traveled to Rome, Italy for the 2016 New Year’s Day Parade.  The eight-day tour included concert and parade performances as well as sight-seeing at the Vatican, the Colosseum, and other historic landmarks.

We take great pride in presenting high-quality shows that display our strong brass and woodwind sections, drum-line and side-line percussion. The band also features dedicated, well-trained color guard and twirler teams. (Note: We offer scholarships specifically for guard and twirling in addition to instrumental scholarships).

Feel free to contact Dr. Marty Marks if you have questions at (517) 264-3879 or mmarks@adrian.edu

 

Band camp meets daily, beginning the Monday before Freshmen Welcome Week in early August. There is no fee for participation, room or board. When the semester begins, the marching band meets for an hour on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Drum-line, color guard and twirling teams have a limited amount of additional rehearsal time. In addition to half time shows, the marching band performs for the Swanton Corn Festival Parade, the Homecoming Parade and we host the Lenawee County High School Marching Band Exhibition in early October.

 

 

The Adrian Concert Band (Four O' clock Band)

Concert band rehearsals begin in early November when football season ends. Students who choose to participate in the 4 O’ Clock Concert Band agree to invest the necessary practice time outside of rehearsal to prepare challenging literature selected for performance. Recently programmed works include Witacre’s Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy and Nelhybel’s Trittico. The band meets for an hour on Monday’s and Wednesday’s and performs once each fall and twice each spring semester.

 

The Adrian Concert Band College (Five O’ Clock Band)

Concert band rehearsals begin in early november when football season ends. Participants in this band include busy upper-classmen who are passionate about performing great music well and music majors/minors who wish to develop their skills on secondary instruments. Recently programmed words include Vaughn Williams’ Folk Song Suite and Holst’s First and Second Suites for Military Band. The band meets for an hour on Monday’s and Wednesday’s and performs once each fall and twice each spring semester.

 

The Adrian Jazz Ensemble (Six O’ Clock Jazz Ensemble)

While initially established to teach the fundamentals of jazz performance, the Six O’ Clock Jazz Ensemble has become an acclaimed performance group that performs excellent literature while remaining accessible to less experienced jazz musicians. The ensemble is co-directed by Dr. Marty Marks and Professor Pete Ford, a highly respected jazz pianist and composer. The band performs three to four times each semester and rehearses for two hours each Tuesday evening. There are options for students to form smaller jazz combos of their own and to learn jazz improvisation from our staff.

 

The Adrian Jazz Ensemble (Eight O’ Clock Jazz Ensemble)

This band has established itself among the finest of small college jazz ensembles in the Midwest. Recent performances have included the music of Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Pat Mentheny, Radiohead and numerous others—covering the whole of jazz history from its roots to the present. The ensemble is co-directed by Dr. Marty Marks and Professor Pete Ford, a highly respected jazz pianist and composer. The band performs three to four times each semester and rehearses for two hours each Tuesday evening. There are options for students to form smaller jazz combors of their own and to learn jazz improvisation from our staff.

 

The Adrian College Pep Band

Our pep band is the busiest performance group on campus, lending support to 30 or more basketball and hockey games each year. This highly energetic band takes pride in contributing to the success of our teams while playing great music. Qualified participants are paid a generous wage for their participation.

Feel free to contact Dr. Marty Marks if you have questions at (517) 264-3879 or mmarks@adrian.edu.