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If you are interested in instrumental music, Cowley College is for you. Cowley has three instrumental ensembles:


  • Concert Band — The Concert Band is our large performing ensemble and is open to all students without an audition. This group performs a wide variety of literature and presents concerts at least twice per semester.
  • Jazz Band — The Jazz Band is a smaller ensemble open to all students by audition and performs a broad range of jazz literature. They also present concerts at least twice per semester as well as other performances both on and off-campus. 
  • Pep Band — New this year, Tiger Beat, the Cowley College Pep Band is back and will play at various home sporting contests and college events. With a repertoire consisting of well know rock, funk, and pop charts, Tiger Beat will help provide a fun atmosphere and promote school spirit.


Transfer Options: The Music Program at Cowley has established transfer articulation agreements with most four-year institutions in Kansas and Oklahoma. Students completing the two-year music program can finish a bachelor's degree in music without repeating courses. In most cases, the transfer student has a stronger theory background than that of a student who is completing the first two years at a four-year institution. Smaller class size allows more one-to-one contact between students and instructors.


Financial Assistance: We also offer scholarships that can cover tuition and books for eligible students. All instrumental music scholarships require an on-campus audition. These can be scheduled during campus tours or on our audition days in the spring. 


Scholarship requirements include but are not limited to:


  • Enrolling in:
    • Concert Band
    • Jazz Band and/or Pep Band
    • Applied lessons
    • Applied lesson seminar.
  • Attending all classes regularly.
  • Displaying a positive attitude, show dedication, and hard work towards excellence.


Several special scholarships are available: The Fostine Moncrief Scholarship, which offers several awards with stipends ranging from $100 to $500 per year, two $200 scholarships from the Arkansas City Music and Dramatics Club. These are available to music majors through competitive auditions in September, April, and May. Music majors are encouraged to apply for other types of grants or loans through government student aid programs at Cowley.


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For more information, please contact:


M. Evan Ricker, Jr.
Director of Instrumental Music
Cowley College
125 S. Second Street
Arkansas City, Kansas 67005




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