Band and Choir


Band and Choir


The CSI band program consists of Symphonic Band and Pep Band. These groups perform at various functions throughout the year including concerts and all home basketball games. These bands are open to all students who play instruments. Participants also may receive academic credit for these organizations. Many of these students are members of the Band Club, a student support group providing additional educational music activities for its members and the general public.

Symphonic Band

The CSI Symphonic Band is the college’s concert band, and is made up of both CSI students and community musicians from around the Magic Valley. The Band gives four concerts per year, concentrating on the best in band literature. The ensemble is directed by Dr. George K. Halsell, and may be taken for either credit or 0-credit.

Pep Band

The CSI Pep Band performs for all of CSI’s home basketball games, as well as for selected away games and at regional and national tournaments. Membership is by permission of the director, Steve Cox, and is normally for credit only. Members of the Pep Band may be eligible to receive a substantial scholarship.

Jazz Band

The CSI Jazz Band is an all-student ensemble open to both music and non-music majors. It rehearses once a week and performs up to two concerts per semester. It is under the direction of Gene Conley, and is currently offered only on a non-credit basis.

Percussion Ensemble

The CSI Percussion Ensemble is directed by Steve Cox, and is open to both music majors and non-majors. The ability to read music is required, but previous experience playing percussion instruments is not. The Ensemble performs several times each semester, and plays a wide variety of styles.


The CSI Music department offers the following choral groups which may be enrolled in with or without credit.

  • Chamber Choir – A study of standard, serious, and choral literature for smaller choirs.
  • Madrigal Ensemble – A very small group that sings madrigal types of music.
  • Magic Valley Chorale – A large group that performs master works which frequently call for orchestral accompaniments.


For more information on the CSI Music Department, upcoming concert dates and scholarships please visit the Music Department web page.