Students can hear the new band program at Pierce College Puyallup diligently rehearsing in the Arts and Allied Health building.
There are two bands this year on campus, the jazz band and the concert band.
These bands both moved to Puyallup from the Steilacoom campus. They are joining the already existing orchestra, concert choir and chamber choir.
There are 19 students in the concert band, as well as about 40 other community members. The Jazz band currently has about 16 students enrolled in the course.
The man who has taken on the challenge of starting a new band program is Dr. Jere Knudtsen. He has more than 30 years of experience as a band director at Pierce College Ft. Steilacoom.
Knudtsen teaches Intro to Rock and Jazz classes, second-year theory, directs the concert band and is the district coordinator.
Due to the size and nature of the group this year, Knudtsen comments that it would be impractical to involve the band in any musical and cultural exchanges or trips.
However, if you would like to support the rapidly growing music program, you may attend one of the concerts coming soon.
The Jazz Band will perform Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. in AAH100. The Concert Band will perform Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. in AAH100.
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