The Delaware Valley College Symphonic Band has been an important part of campus life for nearly 100 years. The 55-person ensemble is dedicated to providing members an opportunity to perform outstanding music in a supportive environment. Under the direction of Dr. Jack Schmidt, the ensemble is open to all DelVal students, alumni, faculty, staff and interested musicians in the Bucks County region. Nearly all of our student members have achieved the distinction of performing in County, District, Regional, or All-State Bands while in High School. The ensemble performs at various special events throughout the year including Commencement, A-Day and Founder’s Day and performs 2 concerts each semester. Concert repertory includes concert band masterpieces, marches, jazz arrangements and works by contemporary composers. Works performed by the band in recent semesters include Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Darius Milhaud’s Suite Francaise, Frank Ticheli’s Blue Shades, Donald Grantham’s Southern Harmony and David Maslanka’s Mother Earth. Talented members of the concert band may be selected to perform in the DVC Jazz Band. The Delaware Valley College Band rehearses throughout the school year on Tuesday evenings from 6 until 8 and on Thursday evenings from 6 until 7:30. DelVal students may participate in Band for credit (one credit per semester) or as an extra-curricular activity. Students who take Band for credit two consecutive semesters, pass out of the music portion of Introduction to the Arts (a Core Curriculum requirement). Delaware Valley College annually awards music scholarships to incoming freshman who commit to perform in the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band or the Chorale. These scholarships are awarded to talented DelVal students with a strong secondary interest in music. Criteria for awarding music scholarships include an on-campus audition, recommendation of the high school choral or band director and the student’s overall academic record.