Audience members will see an unusual assortment of musicians perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Musical Arts Center during the All-Campus Band’s fall production.
“The All-Campus Band is kind of special because it’s mostly people that are not music majors,” said one of the band’s directors, Andrew Chybowski.
Chybowski, a doctoral student, is in his third and final year of working with the group. He teaches other courses in the Jacobs School of Music, but he said graduate students direct an ensemble like this once a year. The band is offered as a one-credit course through the music school.
The musicians span across a range of majors, and Chybowski said the main goal for most is a nonacademic venue to relieve stress and channel their creativity.
He said fall is normally when the All-Campus Band is at its smallest size because many of the musicians who would normally be in the band are busy with the Marching Hundred. There are about 80 people in the All-Campus Band, but in the spring there are more than 100, Chybowski said.
The music they will play Tuesday is a mix of older and more contemporary American composers. Chybowski said they pick music that is challenging, but still playable by a wide range of skill levels.
He said the biggest difficulty in directing the group is meeting only once a week and still trying to make significant progress on their work.
The students are dedicated, but because many of them are not music majors they can’t practice as frequently as they want.
“Sometimes people have other lives besides music,” Chybowski said. “This is only one night a week, so they might forget.”
The main goal for the group and Chybowski is having fun in a musical setting. Chybowski said working with different, major-focused ensembles is always more traditional and requires a different level of professionalism.
“We actually, for the All-Campus Band, get a better audience than most other concerts,” Chybowski said.
One of the main reasons for the big turnout is the differing majors and programs that members come from, Chybowski said. They invite friends who would not normally go to a music school recital.
He said the event is guaranteed fun for the audience and is a good starting point for those who are interested in learning about what the music school has to offer.
“If people are curious to try and come see some music here at IU, that would be a great place to start,” Chybowski said. “Come see an All-Campus Band concert.”
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