The Hope College Concert Band is seeking area musicians to perform as part of a combined Hope College and community band.

The band is seeking wind, brass, and percussion players. The group, open to community members, alumni, and current students will perform two concerts a year.

Rehearsals will be on Thursday nights beginning September 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Snow Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music at Hope College.

The concert band is under the direction of Gabe Southard of the Hope College music faculty.  An assistant professor of music and member of the faculty since 2007, Southard completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting at Michigan State University. Prior to his residence at MSU, he served as wind symphony conductor and flute studio teacher at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he also taught orchestration, music appreciation and advanced conducting.  While living in Cincinnati, Ohio, Southard served as conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble from 1999 to 2002.

Those who are interested in participating in the band may contact Gabe Southard at or (616) 395-7646.