Instrumental Ensembles

Music

The instrumental ensembles at Pitt-Johnstown allow students from all majors to learn techniques and performance skills on a wide variety of instruments.  The instrumental ensembles include:

The Pitt-Johnstown Concert Band

The Pitt-Johnstown Concert Band is a performance ensemble that provides the opportunity for continued musical growth to wind and percussion students through the preparation and performance of quality music.

The ensemble is dedicated to excellent performance and diverse repertoire encompassing a wide variety of styles and composers. The Concert Band is open to all University students and community members without audition. . Participation in the ensemble allows for the continued development of secondary instrumental technique of both individual and ensemble performance skills. Opportunities are also provided for the study of music in a variety of cultural and historical contexts. The wide variety of music performed provides a rich service to the diverse campus community.  

Concert performances include major concerts each semester in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. There is potential for additional on-campus or off-campus performances.  For more information on the Pitt-Johnstown Concert Band, please contact Prof. Bodolosky at mlb17@pitt.edu.

The Pitt-Johnstown Jazz Ensemble

The University Jazz Ensemble is a performance ensemble that provides sectional and solo experience in a big band jazz and combo jazz setting. The University Jazz Ensemble is open to all University students and community members including instrumentalists and vocalists, without audition. Students will develop musicianship and specific performance skills through group and individual settings for the study and performance of the varied styles of instrumental and vocal jazz. Idioms included are jazz, swing, shuffle, rock, funk, ballads, Latin, blues, and more.  These idioms will be introduced as selected.  

Improvisation skills will be encouraged, but not required.  Students will be able to develop their creative skills through improvisation, arranging, performing, listening and analyzing jazz and popular music. Concert performances include major concerts each semester in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center. There is the potential for additional on-campus or off-campus performances.