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.

Fall 2020 Auditions

Update as of August 20, 2020: There will be an informational meeting this evening (Thursday, August 20) at 6:30pm in Ingle Auditorium for all students who are interested in joining Concert Band (whether you have auditioned yet or not). Please enter through the main doors of Ingle. Contact Mr. Dean Davis with any questions.

The purpose for the audition is to ascertain whether or not the student will be able to be successful within the context of the Concert Band. If it is determined that a student will not be selected to participate in the Concert Band, every effort will be made to have the student enroll in Applied Lessons to help the student progress. Lessons are available for the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Low Brass (Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba) and Percussion. Click here for additional details about the audition process.

Auditions will take place via Zoom with Mr. Davis on the following dates in 20-minute intervals:
• Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
• Friday, Aug. 14 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am
• Monday, Aug. 17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
• Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
• Wednesday, Aug 19 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
• Thursday, Aug 20 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Interested students, please fill out the Google Form information sheet here: RIT Concert Band Info Sheet and please sign up for your time slot here: RIT Concert Band Audition Times

Please email Mr. Davis with any questions and to request a Zoom link for your audition once you have completed the info sheet and signed up for a time slot.

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
Director of Concert Band
Applied Music Instructor (Low Brass)
College of Liberal Arts