Regardless of your major or instrument, we can find a place for you! Participation in one or more of our instrumental ensembles provides you with an opportunity to continue making music as well as earn academic credit. We hope you will find a musical home here.

Jazz Bandclick or touch to open

The Maryville College Jazz Band is directed by Dr. Bill Swann, Professor of Music.  The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Swann at the Division of Fine Arts office at 865.981.8150.

MC3Bandclick or touch to open

The Maryville College-Community Concert Band (MC3Band) serves a dual purpose: to provide a means of artistic expression for all its members (community, faculty, staff, and student) within the wind band medium, and to provide Maryville students with the opportunity to perform and learn within a large ensemble setting.

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The Orchestra at MCclick or touch to open

The Orchestra at Maryville College, under the direction of Dr. Eric Simpson, will begin spring rehearsals on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.    

A college and community ensemble, the Orchestra at Maryville College brings live symphonic performances to the public stage three times per season.

Rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 7-9 p.m. and will focus on preparation for a joint spring performance with the Maryville College Community Chorus on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts' Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre. 

The 2019-20 season is the Orchestra's second season with Simpson as director.  Simpson joined the Maryville College faculty as a lecturer in music education and director of bands in 2015.  He also directs the MC3 Band and the Tartanband, a student ensemble.  Previously he was an assistant professor of music education at Texas Christian University, where he was also coordinator of instrumental music education and associate conductor of the university's concert band.  His primary research interests include temporal aspects of musical evaluation, teacher misconduct and sociological influences on music education.  He has been published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education, The Instrumentalist and The Florida Music Director.  He has also served as conductor and clinician for a number of bands throughout the southern United States.  Simpson earned a bachelor of music education from Stetson University and a master of music degree in music education from the University of Cincinnati College of Conservatory of Music.  He received a Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University.

The Orchestra at Maryville College uses a traditional symphony orchestra instrumentation.  Area string musicians are encouraged to join.  Serious high school string players are also welcome.  Wind players & percussionists may audition for placement at the beginning of the season.  For additional details or to schedule an audition, please contact Simpson at or the Division of Fine Arts office at 865.981.8150. 

All concerts are held in the Clayton Center for the Arts, Ronald & Lynda Nutt Theatre, on the Maryville College campus. Tickets are available at the Clayton Center Box Office 865-981-8590.

Ticket prices:
$5 for the general public.  Free of charge for Maryville College Faculty, Students, and Staff.

Tartanbandclick or touch to open

Instrumental music has long been a priority for Maryville College. The "M.C. Cornet Band" was established in 1909, and student musicians have been entertaining and enlightening audiences on the campus ever since. Like almost all college instrumental groups, the band was all male until 1937, and in the 1940s took on the moniker of the "Highlander Band" (adding the kilts in 1954.)

Today, Maryville is still a fantastic place for the scholar-musician: Tartanband is a student instrumental ensemble at Maryville College. The ensemble meets as a class and counts for credit, with a zero-credit option available with instructor permission.

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Faculty & Staff

Dr. William Swann

Professor of Music
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Alan Eleazer

Conductor, Community Chorus; Adjunct Instructor of Music, Voice
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Dr. Eric Simpson

Lecturer in Music Education and Director of Bands
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Mrs. Deborah Boling

Office Manager, Fine Arts
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