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PSU, PHS band directors partner to create community band

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PITTTSBURG, Kan. — Community members who want an opportunity to play with a group will have the opportunity to do so, thanks to a new band being started by a faculty member in the Pittsburg State University Music Department and a two-time graduate of the department.   

Assistant Professor Andrew Chybowski, director of bands at PSU, and Cooper Neil, director of instrumental music at Pittsburg High School and a 2010 and 2022 graduate of the Music Department, have for several years discussed starting a community band and are excited to finally make it happen.  

“We want to provide an opportunity for music hobbyists, music students, and adults who haven't picked up their instrument in a while,” Neil said in a PSU press release. “We also want to open up the podium to anyone wishing to work their conducting/rehearsal chops. This is going to be a great chance to make music, meet new band nerds, and have fun together!”  

For the first concert cycle, the goal is to get a core group started and then expand to offer playing opportunities to more people.  

“Eventually, we would like to be able to facilitate opportunities for many levels of musicians — from people who are in decent playing shape to people who haven't played in a while,” Neil said. “However, the ultimate goal is to have a great time making music together!”  

The first concert rehearsals will be at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16, Oct. 23, and Nov. 6, and the band will perform a concert at 3 p.m. on Nov. 13. Rehearsals will begin in the Pittsburg High School Auditorium and the concert will be held at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at PSU.  

Those interested in participating in this new ensemble are asked to complete the Pittsburg Community Band Google Form by Oct. 12, and to spread the word to others who might be interested in participating. To receive a link to the form, email cneil@usd250.org. 

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