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B-Line Buzz: Students Making Music

Outlets abound at BU for students who want to play music, regardless of their major. More than 400 students, representing nearly all of BU’s schools and colleges and ranging from beginners to old hands, perform in big bands and jazz combos, marching and pep bands, chamber music and concert ensembles, and a classical orchestra.

Under the direction of College of Fine Arts faculty and other veteran musician-teachers, the young musicians focus on developing their ability, practicing for just one or two big concerts per semester. That way, students nourish and hone their musicality while managing their academic course loads.

Here are just a few of the many performance opportunities at BU:

Marching Band on Ice

This BU band performed on ice (no skates!) in between periods at a Terriers men’s hockey game against Michigan. Video courtesy Agganis Arena.

Jazz Combo

With a poet—former U.S. Poet Laureate and College of Arts & Sciences Professor of English Robert Pinsky—providing vocals, this jazz quartet became a quintet. Photo by Beatrice de Gea, video by Devin Hahn.

Chamber Music Society

Students performed classical (Mozart) and contemporary classical (Thea Musgrave) music at BU’s Marsh Chapel. Video by BU Productions

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