Concert Band members are selected from qualified CMU musicians of any major. The group performs in various venues, both on and off campus. Performance repertoire includes traditional band music and the most recent wind literature.
Each spring, the Concert Band embarks on a six day performance tour of Missouri high schools and United Methodist Churches. The group also sponsors CMU's annual Alumni Band.
Scholarships are available to all students participating in fine arts, regardless of major. Students must be accepted to CMU and audition in order to qualify for a scholarship.
History of the CMU Band
The Central Methodist University Band was organized in January 1910. Twenty-one students under the leadership of fellow students, R.W. Carrol and N.W. Brickey prepared selections for a concert tour through Missouri in March of 1912. The band continued under student leadership until World War I.
In the fall of 1925, with the establishment of the Swinney Conservatory of Music, Keith King Anderson, a student completing his music degree, became the band's director. He revived the concert tour, making it an annual affair beginning with a tour of Southern Missouri is 1926. Following his graduation in 1927, he joined the faculty and established a tradition of excellence in bands for the next twenty-five years. Under Anderson's innovative leadership and fine musicianship and that of his successors: Dr. Thomas E. Birch, 1952-64; R. Kenneth Seward and Nancy Heitmann Seward, 1964-66; Dr. Joseph A. Labuta, 1966-67; Paul A. Montemurro, 1967-72; Keith E. House, 1972-95; Central's name has become well known for its outstanding bands and its contribution of well trained band directors and music educators. Today, more than seventy alumni of CMU serve as high school band directors throughout Missouri.
Guest conductors and soloists that have appeared with the CMU Band include Clark Terry, Don Menza, Engene Rousseau, John Woody, Mike Vax, Paul Bierly, Merle Evans, Kenneth Slater, Claude Smith, Robert Hornyak, Warren Covington, Vaclav Nelhybel, Urbie Green, Joseph Phillips, James Murphy, Rich Matteson, Gary Foster, Charles Erwin, Jack Peterson, Bill Watrous, Byron Autrey, Jeff Tyzik, Dave Mancini, Bill Sears, James Slutz, Don Panhorst, Mike Metheny, Lynn Zimmer, and David Holsinger.