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Midland University Instrumental Music

MIDLAND UNIVERSITY BAND

The Midland University Band performs at a variety of concerts, athletic events, and campus events from Homecoming and Commencement. The band focuses on a variety of music ranging from rock and jazz, to pop and classical genres. The Midland University Band is perfect for students looking to explore and pursue their passion for instrumental music. The ensemble provides education and performance opportunities for anyone interested in playing, regardless of his or her instrument.

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MIDLAND UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND

Midland University’s Jazz Ensemble is an excellent group for people who love jazz music and/or small instrumental groups. The jazz ensemble performs throughout the year and helps lead Midland University’s annual Festival of the Arts, a clinic and performance opportunity for area high school jazz ensembles.

COLLABORATIVE PIANO

Accompanist : Collaborative Pianist. ToMAYto : ToMAHto.

To hold a scholarship in Collaborative Piano, students will be required to take private piano lessons each semester. Students will also be required to provide 30 hours of collaborative piano in the performing arts department in various areas such as student recitals, choir rehearsals, musical theatre rehearsals, or dance classes. Students are NOT required to pursue a performing arts degree to be awarded.

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REX BARKER,

DIRECTOR OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC B.F.A., Kearney State College, M.M.E., University of Nebraska, Omaha

Rex Barker has been at Midland University since the fall of 2015 as the Director of Instrumental Music. He was also Director of Performing Arts 2016-2018. He is also the Music Director of the Omaha Symphonic Winds, an adult- community band. He received the Donald A. Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution throughout his career. Rex was a teacher, director, and head of the music department in a 27-year career at Millard South High School in Omaha. He also served as head of instrumental music for all Millard Public Schools. In 2014, Rex was also named the "Outstanding Music Educator in Nebraska" and in 2001, School Band and Orchestra magazine selected him as one of its "50 Directors Who Make a Difference." Rex is the current President-Elect of Nebraskans for the Arts, and a Past-President of the Nebraska Music Education Association, Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, and Nebraska’s Iota Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu.

CONTACT REX BY CALLING 402.941.6337 OR BY EMAILING Barker@MIDLANDU.EDU

CHLOE CORBETT, GRADUATE ASSISTANT OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Contact Chloe by emailing chloe.corbett@midlandu.edu.

JOHN HUSS, ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

Contact John by emailing huss@midlandu.edu.


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