Instrumental Program

Regardless of your instrument or your major, there is a place for you in the Hanover College Instrumental Music Program. We want you to join us! Participation in one or more of the HC instrumental ensembles provides an opportunity for you to continue making music, earn academic credit, and find a "musical home" at Hanover College.

Concert Band
The Hanover Concert Band is the core wind and percussion ensemble at Hanover College. This group is devoted to the preparation and performance of traditional and contemporary concert band literature. All woodwind, brass and percussion players are welcome to join this ensemble. Auditions are held at the beginning of the Fall Semester. The Concert Band meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4-4:50 p.m. during Fall Semester and Winter Semester.

Jazz Band
The Hanover Jazz Band is a relatively new addition to the instrumental music course offerings. This ensemble plays a wide variety of jazz and traditional rock compositions. All saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm instruments are welcome to be considered for this group. The Jazz Band meets on Monday and Wednesday from 3-3:50 p.m.

Orchestra

The Hanover College Madison Area Orchestra is devoted to the preparation and performance of traditional and recent orchestral repertoire. All woodwind, brass, string and percussion players are welcome to join this ensemble; adjustments will be made to the instrumentation as needed. Auditions are held at the beginning of the Fall Semester. The Hanover College Madison Area Orchestra meets on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:50 p.m.  and on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 3:50 p.m.









General Information

If you play any of the following instruments, please consider becoming involved in the Hanover College Instrumental Music Program. Hanover owns several instruments that can be used by students. If you love music, we invite you to join us.

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet (Soprano, Alto, Bass)
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
  • Trumpet/Cornet
  • Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • String Bass
  • Keyboard

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does a student have to major in music in order to participate in an instrumental ensemble?
The majority of participants are not music majors. In fact, virtually every major on campus is represented in the Instrumental Music Program. Most students participate because they love music, and they want to earn academic credit.

2. How much academic credit will a student earn?
Each ensemble (Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra) is worth .25 credits. Students do have the option of enrolling in a credit or non-credit section for each ensemble. Please make sure that the director is aware of your intentions.

3. What is the time commitment?
The time commitment varies according to the group(s) in which you enroll. For example, Concert Band meets about three hours per week, Orchestra meets three hours per week, and Jazz Band meets two hours per week. Concerts are given by each group near the end of each semester. Other performances are scheduled, and students will be notified well in advance.

4. Can a student participate in both the vocal and instrumental music programs?
Ensemble rehearsal schedules within the Music Department are carefully arranged so that they do not conflict with each other. This allows students to participate in both vocal and instrumental ensembles.

5. What if a student no longer owns their instrument, but they still want to participate?
Hanover College owns over thirty concert instruments that can be signed out by students who are enrolled in one or more of the ensembles. If, by chance, Hanover College does not have an instrument on hand for a student, every effort will be made to acquire one.

6. What if a student has a conflict with a lab or some other class?
All of our instrumental ensembles are collaborative courses. In other words, the success of each ensemble depends on all students being present at all rehearsals, except if there is an emergency or illness. As much as we would like to accommodate schedule conflicts with other classes, this is not possible.

7. Do you have to audition in order to be in an instrumental ensemble?
Auditions are held at the beginning of Fall Semester in order to determine which part you will play; every effort is made to include those students who truly want to participate. The director will have audition material for you. No student should pass up the opportunity to perform in an ensemble simply because they do not want to play an audition.

8. What if a student has not played my instrument for a year or two?
One of the primary goals of each group is participation. What we look for in a good participant is an excellent attitude, dependability, and experience with instrumental performance. If you feel that you are "rusty" when it comes to playing your instrument, you will be placed on a part that is less exposed while you get back in shape.

9. Does a student have to enroll in all the ensembles in the program?
A student can enroll in just one or two ensembles if this is what they desire; there are different enrollment rules for those who are receiving a music scholarship. Jazz Band students do not have to enroll in Concert Band, but dual enrollment is strongly encouraged. The Jazz Band is considered an ancillary group to the Concert Band.

10. Can a student receive a scholarship for participating in instrumental ensembles?
Music Scholarship Auditions for incoming freshman are held during the Merit Scholarship Weekends. Those students on scholarship make a substantial time and talent contribution to the Instrumental Music Program. Contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-213-2178 for more information.

Dear prospective member,

Do you wish to continue playing your musical instrument after high school?

I invite you to become a member of Hanover College's Instrumental Music Program. Our program offers an exciting opportunity to perform in top-notch musical organizations, make new friends and earn academic credit.

Hanover has a full instrumental program which includes the Concert Band, College-Community Orchestra and the Jazz Band. Students do not have to be music majors in order to play in our ensembles. In fact, virtually every major on campus is represented in our groups. Most students play because they love music!

In addition to high musical standards, Hanover's program enhances students' personal and academic lives beyond the classroom and concert auditorium. Students are more than musical colleagues; they are members of a musical family. For many, our bandroom is a "home away from home." This community's warmth, mutual respect and excellence in musicianship leads to inspired musical performances.

The best way to learn about Hanover and its music program is to visit the campus. To schedule a visit, call the Admissions Office at 800-213-2178. Be sure to mention that you would like to visit with Dr. Mruzek when you visit.

If you have any questions for me, my phone number is 812-866-7329. My email address is mruzek@hanover.edu.

I look forward to meeting you.

Sincerely,

David M. Mruzek, Ph.D.
Director of Instrumental Music Activities

For more information about the Music Department, please request information.

Faculty

Dr. David Mruzek is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music Activities at Hanover College in southern Indiana.  The ensembles under his direction include the Concert Band, College-Community Orchestra, and Jazz Band.  He also teaches Music Literature and Great Works.

He holds a Bachelor of Education (Music) degree from the University of Toledo.  Both of his advanced degrees are from Ohio State University, where he served as a teaching assistant in the Music History Department.  For his doctoral dissertation on The Warriors of Percy Grainger, Dr. Mruzek was awarded the Grainger Medallion from the International Percy Grainger Society.

Prior to Hanover College, Dr. Mruzek taught at Dodge City Community College (KS), Colby Community College (KS), and Columbus State Community College (OH).  In the fall of 2004, Dr. Mruzek was selected as the Outstanding College Music Educator for the Northwest District of the Kansas Music Educators Association.

For eleven years, Dr. Mruzek was a member of the 122nd Army Band of the Ohio Army National Guard, advancing to the rank of sergeant.  He served as principal clarinetist and librarian for this ensemble.  In 1994, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for distinguished service.

Dr. Mruzek is also a composer of original works for concert band, with over twenty works to his credit.  His compositions have been performed by numerous ensembles, including the United States Military Academy Band, the Indiana Wind Symphony, the Angelo State University Symphonic Band, and the Ohio State University Concert Band.  Three of his works are published, Early One Morning March, Boy Scout Centennial, and Apollo Anniversary.  In addition, his text entitled Contemporary Rhythm Drills for Band and Orchestra was recently published by the Kjos Company of San Diego, CA.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the College Band Directors National Association, the Indiana Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, and Phi Beta Mu (International School Bandmaster Fraternity).

Dr. Mruzek is actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America. In July of 2005 and 2010, he served as the Assistant Band Director for the National Boy Scout Jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. He looks forward to returning to this position for the 2013 National Jamboree. Four of his band compositions were written to honor the Boys Scouts, Boy Scout CentennialOrder of the Arrow, The Eagle Scouter, and Camp Louis Ernst.

Listen to American West for concert band by Dr. Mruzek.

Contact

Dr. David Mruzek
Hanover College
Office: Room 122, CFA
PO Box 890
Hanover, Indiana 47243
Phone: 812-866-7329
Email: mruzek@hanover.edu

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