In the Music Department at Northwest, vocal and instrumental musicians have lots of opportunities to showcase their talents in the classroom and beyond.

Choral Music students have several outlets to express themselves musically. The Northwest Singers is an all-purpose choral ensemble that performs in concert each fall and spring. Each year, a small group of Singers is chosen by highly competitive audition to join the Entertainers, a song and dance troupe who perform with piano accompaniment and with the Northwest Jazz Band. Scholarships are available for full-time students.

Instrumentalists who enjoy marching to the beat, the Ranger Band represents the college at athletic and community events and provides scholarships to eligible students. If instrumental music is more your style, the Symphonic Winds and Jazz Bands feature contemporary and traditional styles of music from various genres. Public performances are given in the Fine Arts Auditorium each fall and spring. Participation in any of these groups is by audition and open only to full-time students.

Scholarships are available for both instrumental and vocal performance groups. Interested high school seniors need to bring a prepared song to announced auditions. An accompanist is provided or they may bring an accompaniment CD. Ensembles for which to audition include Northwest Singers, Chamber Choir and Entertainers. For more information, contact:  Reese Norris: (662) 562-3337  email:

Band scholarships are available for the Ranger Marching Band, Concert Bands and Jazz Band.  Any incoming student may audition.  Students should be prepared to perform scales or rudiments and a short etude or solo piece of about one to two minutes in length.  For more information, or to set up an audition appointment, please contact a band staff member:
John Ungurait: (662) 562-3335  email: 
Jared Brownlee (662) 562-3336 email:

What can I expect from a career in music performance?
Musicians, singers, and related workers play musical instruments, sing, compose or arrange music, or conduct groups in instrumental or vocal performances. They perform solo or as part of a group, mostly in front of live audiences in nightclubs, concert halls, and theaters. They also perform in recording or production studios for radio, TV, film, or video games. Regardless of the setting, they spend considerable time practicing alone and with their bands, orchestras, or other musical ensembles.

For more information, or to set up an audition appointment, please contact a band staff member:

Jared Brownlee, Director of Bands
(662) 562-3336  email: 
John Ungurait, Percussion Instructor
(662) 562-3335  email: 
Jeff Triplett, Low Brass Instructor
(662) 562-3922  email: 
Jennifer Whitehead, Woodwind Instructor
(662) 562-3346 email:

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