About Graceland University's Bands

The Graceland University Bands Program offers an array of performing ensembles for students of varied abilities and interest level. Our bands are open to all Graceland students regardless of major. The Symphonic Band and Jazz Band perform several concerts throughout the year.

Symphonic Band

MUSC-3190 (Upper Division)
MUSC-1700 (Lower Division)
MW 3:30-5:20 p.m.

Under the direction of Dr. Christopher Brandt, the Symphonic Band is one of the premier performing ensembles at Graceland University and is comprised of woodwind, brass and percussion students from throughout the University. The ensemble performs four to five concerts a year in the recently renovated and expanded Shaw Center and seeks to create expressive, meaningful and authentic performances that continue the longstanding tradition of wind band music in the United States. The band draws on each individual musician to contribute and shape ensemble sound through group dynamics and synergistic interactions. The Symphonic Band performs music of the highest caliber drawn from a rich heritage of music spanning several centuries.

Students interested in joining Symphonic Band or have additional questions should contact Director of Bands Dr. Christopher Brandt.

Jazz Ensemble

MUSC-3180 (Upper Division)
MUSC-1600 (Lower Division)
MW 2:00-2:50 p.m.

Under the direction of Dr. Christopher Brandt, the Graceland Yellowjacket Jazz Band is Graceland University's premier instrumental jazz ensemble. The ensemble is comprised of students from all majors who enjoy the study and performance of the jazz idium. Repertoire for the Graceland University Jazz Band spans a diverse range of styles and genres, including swing, big band, latin, funk, be-bop, cool, ballads and modern. The band is highly acclaimed, regionally, and known for its local Jazz on the Green concerts. Membership into the Graceland Jazz Band is open to all wind and percussion musicians (music majors and non majors) who demonstrate a desire to perform at a high musical level.

Students interested in joining Jazz Band or have additional questions should contact Director of Bands Dr. Christopher Brandt.

Under the direction of

Christopher Brandt, DMA 
Director of Bands
641.784.5082
cbrandt1@graceland.edu