Music: Vocal & Instrumental, Music Technology

Music - Vocal & Instrumental

The Garden City Community College Concert Choir has a long and proud tradition of excellence. They perform a variety of choral works and consist of many of the finest vocalists on our campus.

In recent years, the choir has performed major works with instrumental accompaniment, including Pergolesi's "Magnificat", John Rutter's "Requiem" and "Gloria", Vivaldi's "Gloria", Saint Saens "Christmas Oratorio", Bach's Cantata #142, Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna", and Mozart's "Requiem."

No auditions are required to become a member of the Concert Choir. However, auditions are held to become a member of the College Singers. Students must be enrolled in the College Choir in order to audition for the College Singers. The College Singers perform for several school and community functions each year. The College Singers perform a variety of music from the renaissance to vocal jazz literature.

Private study in voice is also available to music majors and non-majors alike. Lessons are one half hour a week and are subject to availability of instructor time.


Scholarships are available for students who wish to participate in the Concert Choir and College Singers. For more information, contact our vocal music director at 620-276-9787.

Buster Bands

Membership in the Buster Band program is open to all students for one hour of credit per semester. Previous band experience, a desire to contribute to campus life, enthusiasm, and pride are requirements for prospective band members.

The Buster Band marches at all home football games and serves as an athletic band at all home basketball games. The band periodically travels to away athletic events on a limited basis. The band performs not only at athletic events but also performs periodically within the community. The ensemble also performs in a concert band setting multiple times throughout the year. Scholarships are available to all band students.


The string ensemble (orchestra) is open to all students for one hour of credit per semester. This is a performance group with a focus on traditional and contemporary string literature performing two to four times per year. Experience in playing a string instrument is preferred but not required. Scholarships are available.  Contact Renee Carmichael at for more information.

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is the select group of the Band Department, being open by audition only. The band plays in a traditional "big-band" format of five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, and rhythm section. The group performs the great jazz literature in all styles including jazz, bop, swing, Latin, and rock. Typically the ensemble tours Southwest Kansas High Schools in the spring. The group is open to any student regardless of major. Members receive an additional scholarship. The group rehearses Monday and Wednesday for one hour of college credit.

Music Education Major

GCCC offers an Associate in Arts Degree in Music that will transfer to any public university in Kansas as the first two years of a bachelor's program. Courses of study include general education courses such as English, math, and science, as well as music-intensive courses such as Music Theory and Ear Training. Contact Sean Boller at

Instrumental Music Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students who participate in the Broncbuster Bands. Interested students should contact Makenzi Johsnon at or Christopher Johnson at

Private Instruction

Private Instrumental lessons are required for all instrumental music majors and are available to any member of the community regardless of age or level of experience.

Small Ensembles

Garden City Community College offers several small ensemble settings. The college offers a brass choir, woodwind ensemble, and percussion ensemble. The ensembles are open to any member of the community regardless of age or level of experience.

Music Technology

Music Technology is a new program in development at GCCC. Geared toward a non-traditional student musician, the program contains classes in music software, songwriting, and audio engineering. This new program works closely with the Rock Ensemble to prepare students for non-teaching musical career paths. Interested students should contact either Makenzi Johnson at or Christopher Johnson at

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