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 our instrumental ensembles provides an opportunity for you to continue making music, earn academic credit and find a musical home here at Hanover.
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 Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-4:50 p.m., and Thursdays from 4:10-5:00 p.m. during the fall and winter semesters.
The Hanover College Saxophone Ensemble is the current chamber music offering at the College. This group plays arrangements of both classical and popular music. All saxophone players, or any woodwind player who wishes to learn a secondary instrument, are welcome to join this special ensemble. The Saxophone Ensemble meets on Tuesdays from 4:10-5:30 p.m.
The Hanover College-Community Orchestra is devoted to the preparation and performance of traditional and recent orchestral repertoire. All violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute and bassoon players are welcome to join this ensemble. The ensemble is a string orchestra, supplemented with a few woodwinds. Auditions are held at the beginning of Fall Semester. The Hanover College-Community Orchestra meets Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:50 p.m., and Thursday afternoons from 5:10-6:05 p.m. Community members join us for the rehearsals on Tuesday evenings.
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'd love to have you join us.
- Clarinet (Soprano, Alto, Bass)
- Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
- String Bass
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I 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 I earn?
Each ensemble (Concert Band, Saxophone Ensemble and Orchestra) is worth .25 credits. You 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). For example, Concert Band meets about three hours per week, Orchestra meets three hours per week, and Saxophone Ensemble meets two hours per week. Concerts are given by each group near the end of each semester. Other performances are scheduled, and you will be notified well in advance.
4. Can I 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 will allow you to participate in both vocal and instrumental ensembles.
5. What if I no longer own my instrument, but I still want to participate?
Hanover College owns more than 30 concert instruments that you can sign out when you enroll in one or more of the ensembles. If, by chance, Hanover College does not have an instrument on hand for you, every effort will be made to acquire one.
6. What if I have 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 I haven't 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 believe 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. Do I have to enroll in all the ensembles in the program?
You can enroll in just one or two ensembles if that's what you'd like to do. However, there are different enrollment rules for those who are receiving a music scholarship. Saxophone Ensemble students do not have to enroll in Concert Band, but dual enrollment is strongly encouraged. The Saxophone Ensemble is considered an ancillary group to the Concert Band.
For more information about the Music Department, please inquire below.
Dr. David Mruzek serves as Associate Professor of Music and is the Director of Instrumental Music Activities. The ensembles under his direction include the Concert Band, College-Community Orchestra and Saxophone Ensemble. He also teaches Music Literature and Great Works.
He holds a bachelor's degree in music 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, Mruzek earned the Grainger Medallion from the International Percy Grainger Society.
Prior to Hanover College, he taught at Dodge City Community College (Kan.), Colby Community College (Kan.) and Columbus State Community College (Ohio). In the fall of 2004, Mruzek was selected as the Outstanding College Music Educator for the Northwest District of the Kansas Music Educators Association.
For 11 years, he was a member of the 122nd Army Band of the Ohio Army National Guard, advancing to the rank of sergeant. Mruzek served as principal clarinetist and librarian for this ensemble. In 1994, he received the Army Commendation Medal for distinguished service.
Mruzek is also a composer of original works for concert band, with more than 20 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 published by the Kjos Company of San Diego, Calif.
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).
Mruzek is actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America. In July of 2005, 2010 and 2013, he served as the Assistant Band Director for the National Boy Scout Jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. Four of his band compositions were written to honor the Boys Scouts, including "Boy Scout Centennial," "Order of the Arrow," "The Eagle Scouter" and "Camp Louis Ernst."
Dr. David Mruzek
Office: Room 122, CFA
PO Box 890
Hanover, Indiana 47243