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Getting the band back together

Grand Rapids — Anyone can be a musician once again at Grand Rapids Community College, when the campus band returns in the fall.

Campus band is designed for non-music majors who would like to continue playing a band instrument in college, or music majors who want to perform on their non-major instrument, as well as anyone from the community. 

In her first year as GRCC’s director of bands, professor Shannon Shaker will take the lead on organizing and leading campus band musicians.

“Not everyone needs to major in music,” Shaker said, “but having those opportunities provides more people in the community with a place to come and experience really wonderful music education.” 

The band will meet Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., making it more accessible to those who work or take classes during the day.Non-GRCC students can apply for free as a “guest student” or “personal interest student” on GRCC’s admissions page. Once an account is confirmed, search for the “horizon” section of campus band to enroll. The cost to enroll in campus band is $20.

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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