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Practice, perform and travel: Students and director share benefits of college band

Kirkwood Community College’s band program offers several opportunities including performances, practices, traveling and many different classes and groups open to the public.  

Director Joe Perea said, “Playing music has so many benefits across academic disciplines. It’s not nearly as much of a time commitment as high school and you get to meet so many interesting people.”  

The band program consists of the Jazz Ensemble, the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. Community members are welcome across the area and get the opportunity to work with several different students.   

Second year student Emma Dickinson, music education major, talked about the benefits of being involved. “The band is unique because it includes community members, and it is a close-knit group,” she said.  

Dickinson is involved in the concert band and the small wind ensemble. She stated, “It has helped me meet lots of great new people.”  

The band classes at Kirkwood consist of applied instrumental lessons, Jazz Improvisation 1 and 2, Music Theory 1 and 2, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble.  

This year, the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble have two set performances on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 11:15 a.m. in Ballantyne Auditorium and on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.  

The Jazz Ensemble will perform throughout the semester along with touring high schools.

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