Chamber Orchestra Added to Course Offerings

A new course opportunity  is available at Behrend for the Fall, 2019 semester. Music 76, Chamber Orchestra will meet Monday and Friday mornings.

This ensemble is a string orchestra comprised of violins, violas, cellos, and basses. The course is open to all string players with basic competency on one of these instruments and who are able to provide their own instrument.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Dr. Gary Viebranz,

(We regret that we are unable to provide instruments or accommodate beginning players at this time.)

Behrend Concert Band performance Thursday, November 10

We hope that you can join us Thursday for our annual fall performance, RHAPSODY!

The program will feature George Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue, with soloist Randy Fusco from Cleveland, OH.

Additional selections include Gustav Holst’s First Suite in Eb, Malcolm Arnold’s Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo, and Arturo Marquez’s Danzon No. 2.

Here’s a sneak preview of the Danzon, in it’s original orchestral version, for your listening enjoyment.

Earth, Wind, Water, and Sky – – Thursday, April 21


The Behrend Concert Band will present their annual spring concert on Thursday, April 21 at 8 p.m. in McGarvey Commons. The program will open with David Maslanka’s fanfare, Mother Earth, and will also include selections by Gustav Holst, Frank Ericsson, Percy Grainger, and Jaime Texidor. Dr. Joel Hunt, Lecturer in Music, will be the featured alto saxophone soloist in John Williams’s Catch Me If You Can. A highlight of the program is the world premiere of Presque Isle, a suite for band composed by Beata Moon. The work was commissioned by the Behrend Concert Band through a grant from the Endowment Fund of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Band Poster S16

Welcome Back Picnic

imagesA meet & greet picnic for the Behrend Bands will be held on Wednesday, August 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Wilson Picnic Grove on campus. This is a great opportunity for prospective students to meet current members and directors. Enjoy a light picnic dinner. All students interested in concert band, jazz ensemble, or pep band are welcome.


If you’d like to share the event on Facebook, here’s the link!

Behrend’s Super Bowl Connection

If you’re ready for the opening of the NFL season, you might be surprised to find out that Behrend has a direct connection to the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Brian Forsman, a member of the concert, pep, and jazz bands from 1999-2003, is a member of the Seahawks famous Blue Thunder drum line. He was selected by audition to play bass drum with the group after moving to Seattle and has been performing with the group for several years.