Coming February 7-8, 2020
Graceland Winds Honor Band Festival

The festival brings together high school instrumentalists from all over the region. Participants in the festival spend two days on Graceland's beautiful Lamoni, Iowa campus interacting with Graceland music faculty, nationally-renowned clinicians, and current Graceland University music students.

Find out more about the Winds Honor Band Festival

About Graceland University's Bands

Under the direction of

Christopher Brandt, DMA 
Director of Bands

Melinda Leoce, MM
Director of Athletic 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, Jazz Band and Marching Yellowjackets perform several concerts throughout the year.

Symphonic Band

MUSC-3190 (Upper Division)
MUSC-1700 (Lower Division)
MWF 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.

Marching Yellowjackets

MUSC-3120 (Upper Division)
MUSC-1730 (Lower Division)

Under the direction of Melinda Leoce with assistance from Dr. Christopher Brandt, the Marching Yellowjackets are one of the most visible and spirited organizations on campus. They perform at a variety of events, including home football games, other Graceland athletic events, and community events in Lamoni and the surrounding areas. The group includes brass, woodwind, percussion and color guard. The Marching Yellowjackets invite members with all levels of experience. Even if you played in your high school concert or marching band for one year, you are welcome to join our group. During pre-season band camp, you will learn basic marching skills. Two weekly rehearsals will be reserved for music sectionals and learning the half-time show. The Marching Yellowjackets perform recognizable pop and rock tunes in the stands and on the field that will get the crowd standing, singing and cheering for Graceland!


Scholarships are available to both majors and non majors.

If you have any questions about the Marching Yellowjackets, please contact the Director of Athletic Bands Melinda Leoce.