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Tartan Band Sax Section

Tartanband - since 1909....

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 kilts in 1954.)

Band Member Playing Drums

Band Member Holding Saxophone

Photo of Band Member's Horn

Today, Maryville is still a great place for music: 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.

Students in the tartanband come from all majors and academic divisions in the College. And, scholarships are available to both music and non-music majors for participation in tartanband. For more information on scholarships, membership, or how to set up an audition, please contact Dr. Eric Simpson, Director of Bands (

Faculty & Staff

Dr. William Swann

Professor of Music
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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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More Info About Fine Arts at MC:

Interested in participating in a fine arts program at Maryville College? Please use the Fine Arts inquiry form to provide us with some information about yourself. An MC Admissions specialist, will put you in touch with one of our fine arts faculty, who will contact you to discuss your options.