School News Network Feature: GRCC band class opens for students who aren’t music majors but enjoy performing

A School News Network feature — Students don’t have to be a Grand Rapids Community College music major to perform as part of a campus band this fall.

Campus band is designed for non-music majors who would like to continue playing a band instrument in college, or music majors who want to perform on their non-major instrument, as well as anyone from the community. 

In her first year as GRCC’s director of bands, professor Shannon Shaker is taking the lead on organizing and leading campus band musicians.

“Not everyone needs to major in music,” Shaker said, “but having those opportunities provides more people in the community with a place to come and experience really wonderful music education.” 

The band will meet Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., making it more accessible to those who work or take classes during the day.

Non-GRCC students can apply for free as a “guest student” or “personal interest student” on GRCC’s admissions page. Once an account is confirmed, search for the “horizon” section of campus band to enroll. The cost to enroll in campus band is $20.

This story was reported by Alexis Stark of the School News Network.

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