The University of St. Francis in Joliet announced it is launching a search for a new band director and is opening recruitment for students interested in playing in a university band that will help mark the school’s centennial in 2020.
USF President Arvid Johnson said in a news release the school was excited to launch the new band, especially with the number of talented high school musicians in the area.
“We have had student interest in creating a band for many years but see this as the perfect time – celebrating our 100th anniversary – to launch a program,” Johnson said in the release.
USF once had a student band as part of its music program when it was previously known as the College of St. Francis. The new relaunch gives USF an opportunity to build an organization for students interested in the social and performance benefits of participating in an ensemble.
“Launching a new band will give our students additional opportunities to develop as scholars, performers, team members and leaders, and in service to USF and the communities it serves,” USF Provost Beth Roth said in the release.
Roth added that USF will start with a pep band to play at sporting and campus events, and then build a larger marching band over time.
She said the search for a band director should bring “great excitement” to the community, especially as USF has been able to recruit faculty and coaches in the performing arts.
Both campus leaders noted recent studies showing that students who study and perform music are top performers in the classroom, as well as on the court or field.
“A band fits perfectly into USF’s campus and culture,” Johnson said in the release.