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Commercial Music Ensemble

The Commercial Music Ensemble is dedicated to playing classic songs from a variety of genres within the commercial music field: from pop to rock to rhythm and blues to funk and beyond. In the past the band has performed pieces by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Norah Jones, Paul Simon, Chicago, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and others. Students learn about the many rhythmic idioms of popular music, and the skills needed as instrumentalists and vocalists to perform in today's commercial music world.

The band consists of a rhythm section, horn section, and vocalists. Students are also encouraged to bring their own transcriptions and arrangements into the ensemble. Auditions are held twice a year, and both music and non-music majors are invited to participate.