Music: Vocal & Instrumental, Music Technology

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Garden City Community College offers the best musical and educational experience you can get in a two-year program. Our music department has excellent scholarships to help you pay for college, whether you’re a music major or not. GCCC has many ensembles to choose from including: Concert Choir, College Singers, Southwest Kansas Chorale, Broncobuster Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Rock Ensemble, Woodwind Choir, Brass Choir, Percussion Ensemble, and Orchestra.

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The Garden City Community College Concert choir has a long and proud tradition of excellence. They perform a variety of choral works and consist of many of the finest vocalists on our campus. Since 2019 the choir has started to see a rise in members and currently sits between 35-40 singers a semester. No auditions are required to become a member of the Concert Choir and is one hour of credit per semester. Scholarships are available to all performers enrolled in the class. For more information contact Sean Boller at

College Singers

College Singers is an auditioned extension of the Concert Choir. Students must be enrolled in Concert Choir in order to audition for College Singers. College Singers perform for several school and community functions each year and perform a variety of music from the Renaissance to vocal jazz.

Southwest Kansas Chorale

The Southwest Kansas Chorale is a community-based group of members ages 16 and up. This is for anybody who wants to sing with a choir again. The ability to read music is preferred but not necessary. This group is a nonauditioned choir and meets twice a month at Garden City community College Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building in the choir room. The purpose of this group is to bring musicians from all different backgrounds to perform as a choir. Our goal at GCCC is to promote lifelong musicians and this provides that opportunity.


GCCC Orchestra (String Ensemble) was revived in the Fall of 2020. The department is proud to announce that the group is growing in numbers and musicianship. The group has grown from 13 to the 20s in the Fall of 2022. The director, Renee Carmichael, hopes to add a community-based symphony orchestra in the future. The ensemble is open to all students for one hour of credit per semester. It is a non-auditioned performance group with a focus on traditional and contemporary string literature. Orchestra performs 2-4 times per year. Experience playing a string instrument is preferred but not required. Scholarships are available. Contact Matt McGrory at for more information.

Buster Bands

Membership in the Buster Band program is open to all students for one hour of credit per semester. Previous band experience is preferred but open to new learners too. If you are new to band, we will ask you to enroll in an instrumental lesson.

The Buster Band marches at all home football games and serves as an athletic band at all home basketball games. The band periodically travels to away athletic events on a limited basis. The band also performs periodically within the community and in the concert band setting multiple times throughout the year. Scholarships are available to all band students. For more information, contact Makenzi Johnson at or CJ Johnson at

Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is the select group of the Band Department, being open by permission from the director. The group performs jazz literature in all styles including big band, swing, bop, Latin, funk, and rock. The Jazz Ensemble is open to any student regardless of major and must be concurrently enrolled in band. Members receive an additional instrumental scholarship when enrolled in Jazz Ensemble. This group rehearses on Monday and Wednesday for one hour of college credit per semester. For more information, please contact Makenzi Johnson at makenzi.johnson@ or CJ Johnson at

Small Ensembles

Garden City Community College offers several small ensemble settings. They offer a brass choir, woodwind ensemble, and percussion ensemble. These ensembles are open to any member of the community regardless of age or level of experience. Students will receive an additional scholarship for involvement in these groups. The college is also excited to offer a new ensemble called Banda, which is open to any community members or students. For more information, please contact Makenzi Johnson at or CJ Johnson at

Private Instruction

Private instrumental and vocal lessons are required for all music majors and are available for any student or community member. Lessons are one half hour a week for one college credit a semester. For more information, please contact the following instructor for your instruments type.

Music Education Major

GCCC offers an Associate in Arts Degree in Music that will transfer to any public university in Kansas as the first two years of a bachelor’s program. Courses for the music major student include general education courses such as English, math, and science, as well as music-intensive courses such as music theory, aural skills, and class piano. Contact Sean Boller at or CJ Johnson at for more information.

Music Technology

Music Technology is a newer program in development at GCCC. Geared toward both a non-traditional student musician or traditional music student, the program contains classes in music software, songwriting, and audio engineering. This new program works closely with the Rock Ensemble to prepare students for non-teaching musical career paths. Interested students should contact either Makenzi Johnson at or CJ Johnson at