RIT Concert Band

The Concert Band is an ensemble comprising wind instruments that performs a variety of works including the Sousa marches, British Band literature, Broadway music, the latest compositions, and much more. The band typically performs several times each semester.

Performances

Performing Arts events at RIT have been canceled or postponed while campus is closed due to COVID-19. To give you an idea of the types of events that RIT generally hosts, please visit our Events page for a small sample of previously-scheduled performances.

Concert Band Fall 2021

With a full academic year of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic realties, I believe we’ve learned a great deal.  Most importantly to note is that the virus has not spread or contracted in rehearsals. When this does happen, it’s typically outside of the normal academic activities on campus.  That’s a good thing and should reassure everyone that we are doing everything we can to continue to stop the spread.  With not knowing exactly what the guidance will be for the Fall, we will proceed under the assumption that everyone will need to have a musician’s mask designed to wear during rehearsals when you’re playing your instrument.  If you’re a wind player, you will also need a bell cover for your particular instrument.  There are a multitude of online retailers where these are available, including Amazon.  I have included a couple links to ones I would recommend.  Please purchase both the mask and bell cover in black for uniformity among the Band and have them by the first rehearsal.  Here are the links:
JWPepper Mask
JWPepper Bell Cover

New member information
Prospective members of the Concert Band must audition.  Auditions will be held via Zoom unless you’re a percussionist or a student needing to use an RIT instrument.  (Please note your need for an instrument on the personal information link below.)  Auditions will occur the week of Aug. 16, 2021. You will be able to select a time via a link below..

Click here for General Audition Information.
Click here to sign up for an audition time.
Click here to complete your personal information.

Returning member information
Returning members of the Concert Band do not need to audition again.  Please fill out the brief Google Form below to provide me with some information and to request a permission code.
Click here to fill out the personal information form and to request a permission code.

The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, location is TBD. Please feel free to email me with any questions at dwdgsh@rit.edu. I look forward to working with all of you in the upcoming semester.

Yours for better bands,
Mr. Davis

Recently Performed Repertoire

  • Corcoran Cadets March (John Philip Sousa)
  • New England Triptych: III. Chester (William Schuman)
  • Imagine If You Will (Timothy Mahr)
  • Selections from West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein, arr. W. J. Duthoit)
  • The Fairest of the Fair (John Philip Sousa)
  • Sevens (Samuel Hazo)
  • The Liberty Bell March (John Philip Sousa, Arr. Keith Brion)
  • Raging Machines (Brian Balmages)
  • William Byrd Suite: 1. The Earle of Oxford’s Marche (Gordon Jacob)
  • Irish Tune from County Derry (Percy Aldridge Grainger)
  • Florentiner March (Julius Fučik, Ed. Frederick Fennell)
  • Mars from “The Planets” (Gustav Holst)
  • Selections from Wicked (Stephen Schwartz)

Rehearsals

6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, SAU A130

Credit

Students can register for this 1 credit course.

FNRT-252
Credits 1
The RIT Concert Band is an experiential-learning course in which students learn music theory and historical context by learning several works from the Concert Band literature including standard wind band literature, contemporary compositions, marches, and orchestral transcriptions. The ensemble prepares to perform three major concerts a year and participates in departmental performances. Participation in learning and performing such music gives students an experiential appreciation and understanding of the role of music in modern society. Auditions will be held to assess proper placement. Contact instructor for more information.

Ensemble Images

Contact

Dean Davis
Dean Davis
Visiting Lecturer
Applied Music Instructor (Low Brass)
Director of Concert Band
Department of Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts