Vocal and Instrumental
If you play an instrument or sing in an ensemble, you know that feeling of camaraderie and success through teamwork. Our objective at CCSJ is to make sure our students have opportunities to continue making and enjoying music throughout their college experience.
Our ensembles provide high-quality experiences in vocal and instrumental music, performing a wide repertoire of music in many different venues throughout the year.
New students who enroll full-time in and participate in one or more music programs may be eligible to receive the annual Creative Performance Scholarship. This scholarship is one of a kind and provides students a substantial financial award while pursuing any undergraduate major the college has to offer.
Pep Band and Voices
Open to all students
The Crimson Wave Band is designed to bring energy to athletic events and various public performances throughout the year. Repertoire focuses on pop, rock, funk, jazz and swing. Instrumentation includes drum set, bass, guitar, keyboard, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, flute, clarinet and saxophone.
Crimson Wave Pep Band meets Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Crimson Wave Voices is a vocal ensemble designed to provide an outlet for singers to enjoy music of many stylistic periods and genres. Covering an array of styles, the Crimson Wave Voices perform show tunes, vocal jazz, show choir selections, world music, and sacred music.
Crimson Wave Voices meets Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Meet the Director
Dan Cummins is a graduate of the Indiana State University School of Music where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in School Administration and Supervision. He is an active conductor and trumpet player originally from Hammond, Indiana, and enjoys working with musicians to develop their passion for the arts. As an instrumentalist, Mr. Cummins has performed with numerous orchestras including the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra and South Shore Chamber Orchestra, and with prominent artists including Tim Coffman, Mark Colby, Charlie Davis, Dave Stryker, Dave Pietro and Bobby Vinton. In addition to his US appearances, in 2013 Mr. Cummins toured China as a performer in the premier musical, “Rhapsody in Swing.” Returning to China in the Summer of 2017, Mr. Cummins, along with faculty and students of the Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts, studied Chinese music and culture at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
As an educator, Mr. Cummins has worked with numerous music programs across the Midwest and the Chicagoland area; instructing marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles and teaching privately. As former Director of the Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts, Mr. Cummins has invested greatly in Northwest Indiana arts education and is excited to continue inspiring artists as Director of Band and Choir at Calumet College of St. Joseph.