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Visual and Performing Arts

Instrumental Music

The mission of the Cowley College Band Program is to make a positive impact on the lives of its members by providing enjoyable musical experiences and performances. The bands serve a system of support for members as they realize their potential by developing self-confidence, collaborating with their fellow musicians, improving their leadership skills, and meeting the high standards of excellence and character for which the Cowley Bands are known.



Michael Christensen - Director of Bands and Instrumental Music

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Tiger Beat - Pep Band
  • Applied woodwinds

Stephen Butler - Instructor of Music Theory and Piano

  • Music Theory
  • Aural Skills
  • Class Piano

M. Evan Ricker - Adjunct Instructor

  • Music Appreciation

Josh Fleig - Adjunct Instructor

  • Music Appreciation
  • Applied strings/percussion


The Cowley Bands have two different types of scholarship available to students: Full Books and Tuition as well as Ensemble Cash Scholarships. These scholarships are available to students enrolled in the bands with the approval of the Director of Bands. For more information, please click here for the Band Scholarships page.

Upcoming Concerts

Unless otherwise noted, concerts will be held in the Brown Center Theater.

  • Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at 2:30pm
  • Saturday December 8th 2019 at 2:30pm

Ensemble Placement Hearings

Students who wish to join the Cowley College Bands will need to attend one of our hearing days. These days are designed for students to meet our faculty and see our facilities, and for our faculty to gage the interests and best ensemble fits for the students. Students will be sent a short piece to prepare, be asked to play a chromatic and a major scale, and will sight read a brief excerpt.

For more information contact:

Dr. Michael Christensen

Director of Bands and Instrumental Music

Office: Brown Center 104

Phone: 620-441-5317