The East Tennessee State University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Matthew Potterton, has toured throughout the United States and Internationally. Most recently, the ETSU Chorale competed in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales and placed first in two categories and second in another. Members of the Chorale are chosen through a selective audition process and must be dedicated to the highest level of artistry. The group performs in a variety of styles and genres, ranging from music of the Renaissance to newly composed works.
The choir also performed for the world-famous ensemble, Chanticleer. In a masterclass, members of Chanticleer noted the ETSU Chorale was an elite university ensemble, “We hear choirs from around the world and few sound as good as this choir!” The Chorale was also a featured performing-ensemble at the 2016 Tennessee Music Educator's Association's conference in Nashville.
Greyscale, under the direction of Dr. Alan Stevens and Erin Raines, was formed in 2013. The group performs a mix of contemporary choral works, pop arrangements, and vocal jazz. The select group of twelve singers who formed the group called themselves “Greyscale” to represent the non-specific type of music they perform – avoiding categorization in any clearly-defined, black-or-white genre. Greyscale released its first album in April of 2016, self-titled “Greyscale.” Their second album, “Spectrum,” was released in March of 2017, followed by their third album “Five Alive,” in 2018 to celebrate their fifth anniversary. This was followed up in December 2018 with a holiday album, “Christmastime in Tennessee.” A new album is scheduled for release in 2022. All albums are available on major streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and more.
Greyscale has hosted New York Voices, The Swingles, and Voces8 on campus. The group tours frequently and has performed in New York City, Washington D.C., Nashville, and throughout the northeastern Tennessee region. In the summer of 2022 they will perform on a tour of Eastern European cities and compete in the Bratislava International Choir Festival.
Greyscale is inspired by ensembles such as The Swingles, Real Group, Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Voces 8, and Pentatonix. The singers in Greyscale are selected through a rigorous audition process. Students must re-audition each year, and they must be able to perform as both an ensemble singer and a lead vocalist.
East Tennessee Belles was formed in the fall of 2013 to highlight the performance of soprano alto choral repertoire. The Belles have been conducted by Kathryn May since the fall of 2018. The choir is open to any student on campus that is dedicated to the highest level of performance in choral music. The Belles have been recognized as an outstanding soprano alto choir, and have performed for the Tennessee Music Education Association and at select events throughout the region.
BucsWorth was formed in 1989 at East Tennessee State University by Dr. Thomas Jenrette, now Professor Emeritus, as a primarily a cappella chamber ensemble called “Seven BucsWorth.” This referred to the number of singers in the ensemble and a play-on-words reference to the ETSU teams, the Buccaneers. The number of Bucs changed over the years, but the ensemble soon became one of the most popular choral groups in the region. In 2013, under the direction or Dr. Alan Stevens, the ensemble was expanded to a full tenor-bass choir performing a variety of musical genres.
BucsWorth has since been recognized as one of the premier university tenor bass choirs in the nation. BucsWorth received third place in the 2017 American Prize Competition for University Choirs, and has performed by invitation at the Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar, the Tennessee Music Educators Association State Conference, and the Young Men’s Power Sing in Atlanta. BucsWorth has premiered works by Jacob Narverud, Dan Forrest, and Daniel Gawthrop, and has hosted guest artists including Alice Parker, Ola Gjeilo, Brad Holmes, and Chanticleer (with the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts). BucsWorth is composed of singers from across all campus disciplines, and it is open to any student.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Performs representative traditional and contemporary works for the wind medium.
Open to all university students by audition.
Dr. Christian Zembower, Conductor
For more information regarding bands, contact Dr. Christian Zembower
423-439-4296 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ETSU Marching Band
Office: Mathes Hall 15
PO Box 70312
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: 423-439-4775 Fax: 423-439-7088
Want to be a Marching Buc??
MARCHING BUCS INTEREST FORM
Dr Joe Moore
ETSU Marching Band - FAQ
How do I audition?
Brass/Woodwinds: If you have previous high school marching band experience, you do not need to audition for a spot in the hornline.
Percussion: Auditions are required for a spot in the drumline.
- For more information, contact our Marching Percussion Director, Mr. Logan Ball, email@example.com
Colorguard: Auditions are required and will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Basler Center for Physical Activity (CPA), located at 1244 Jack Vest Dr, Johnson City. Please complete the Marching Bucs Interest Form prior to audition.
- For more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching videos for audition routines:
Majorettes: Auditions are required and will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Basler Center for Physical Activity (CPA), located at 1244 Jack Vest Dr, Johnson City. Please complete the Marching Bucs Interest Form prior to audition.
Audition Requirements for Majorettes:
- 2 turn
- Toss illusionCandidates will be required to perform a solo routine that is no longer than 2 minutes, including 1 and 2 batons. A group routine will be taught at auditions.
- Wear a twirl costume or leotard.
For more information:
How do I enroll?Fill out your information at the link listed above if you are planning to participate!
When registering for classes, Marching Band is: MUSC 1201
*Please note: Incoming Freshman should NOT register for the Freshman Preview since it conflicts with Band Camp
If I'm attending Northeast State Community College can I participate?
Yes! You can enroll for the marching band class at ETSU and be a member of the Marching Bucs. For more information and assistance with registering, contact Shayna Kyle at email@example.com
Are Scholarships available?Performance Awards of various financial levels are available to instrumentalists (brass, woodwinds, and percussion) and will be awarded based on the performance level of the individual auditioning as well as the overall needs of the band.
Auditions for brass and woodwinds include a prepared selection that best showcases your musical abilities. Contact Dr. Moore to schedule an audition, firstname.lastname@example.org
How much time will be involved?
Band Camp is scheduled for the week before classes begin: August 15 – 21, 2020.
Class meets MWF 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays of Home Football Games are required.
High School Exhibitions and Bands of America Regional Championship are additional dates.
What expenses are involved?Uniform shoes
Flip Folder/Music Lyre (Hornline)
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There are many on-campus housing options available with varying amenities, price points, and locations. While on-campus living is not required, except if required by a scholarship or program, it is strongly encouraged for first-year students as the best strategy for transitioning to the University. The convenience of being on campus with other Marching Bucs is a great way to connect and become a part of the ETSU Family. There is an Arts Living-Learning Community that is designed for students studying/ interested in the fine and performing arts to live together, connect across disciplines, and practice creativity and collaboration. For more information, email email@example.com
or visit www.etsu.edu/housing or call 423-439-4446
Northeast State Students:
Northeast State students interested in participating in the ETSU Marching Bucs should apply to ETSU as a dual admissions student. In addition to participation in the Marching Bucs, students are given the opportunity to receive dual advisement at both institutions, ensuring transferability of coursework, as well as access to all ETSU amenities, including, but not limited to, the Charles C. Sherrod library, ETSU football and basketball games, student concerts, etc. Additionally, students who apply within their first semester at Northeast State receive a waived application fee to ETSU. For more information, or for assistance with the application and/or registration process, please contact:
ETSU Buccaneer Brass Basketball Band
Open to all university students by consultation with the instructor.
Directed by Dr. Joe Moore
JAZZ ENSEMBLES and JAZZ COMBOS
The instrumental jazz ensembles are devoted to the study of jazz and pop styles. Attention is given to improvisation and understanding stylistic techniques. Participation is open to all university students through consultation with the director. Click here to audition.
Additional guest artists who have performed at ETSU include The Airmen of Note, Spyro Gyra, USAF Airman of Note Alumni, and Rita Collidge. Solo artists also include saxophonists Chip McNeil, Jim Snidero, Walt Weiskopf, Joe Carello, and Frank Grosso; trumpeters Tony Scodwell, Greg Wing, Jon Yates, Jim Ward; trombonists Conrad Herwig and Rick Simerly, pianist Lenore Raphael and Mark Maegdlin, bassist Jon Schwabe, and percussionist Marvin Sparks and famed Tonight Show Band percussionist Ed Shaughnessy.
For more information regarding the ETSU Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Combos contact Martin Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information regarding the ETSU Opera Theatre contact:
Ms. Karen Smith
Director - ETSU Opera Theater
Dr. David Kovac, conductor
The ETSU Orchestra is a select ensemble of students that performs a wide variety of repertoire ranging from classics to contemporary. If you are interested in auditioning for the Chamber String Orchestra, contact the conductor, Dr. David Kovac