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Instrumental Music

Canterbury’s diverse instrumental music program provides students with the opportunity to follow and develop their passion of music through a variety of performance opportunities. These include fall, winter and spring concerts, several “pop up” performances throughout the campus, as well as off-campus performance opportunities.  Additionally, we offer a variety of academic music electives such as Computer Music, Contemporary Music Theory and Making Music With Logic Pro and Improvisation.  Students focus on improvisation and ensemble play.


Contemporary Music Band

The Contemporary Music Band consists of a select group of our most dedicated musicians who are given the chance to pursue in-depth study of a variety of contemporary music styles including R&B, Pop, Jazz and Rock titles. Music students of intermediate or higher level audition for membership, and the band performs regularly throughout the year on the Canterbury Stage as well as perform at off campus venues. 

Sample Repertoire
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough                     Ashley Simpson
Perfect                                                               Ed Sheeran
Hallelujah                                                          Leonard Cohen
Dust in The Wind                                              Kerry  Livgren
Valerie                                                                Amy Winehouse
Don’t Know Why                                               Norah Jones
Superstition                                                       Stevie Wonder
Uptown Funk                                                     Bruno Mars


Jazz, Rock, Pop Ensemble

The Jazz, Rock, Pop Ensemble gives a larger group of musicians the opportunity to perform modern music while honing their craft.  Students focus on learning to improvise and playing in a rhythm section. This ensemble plays a fall, winter and spring concert.

Sample Repertoire
Can’t Stop This Feeling                              Justin Timberlake
Brown Eyed Girl                                          Van Morrison
Any Way You Want It                                  Steve Perry, Neil Schon
Long Train Runnin’                                    Tom Johnston
Locked Out Of Heaven                               Bruno Mars


Rock Band

The Rock Band gives musicians of all levels the chance to pursue guitar, bass, drums, and perform a variety of rock styles. The group performs at fall and spring concerts as well as open mic events throughout the year.

Sample Repertoire
Thinking Out Loud                          Ed Sheeran
Higher Ground                                Stevie wonder
Mr. Jones                                         Black Crows
Don’t Stop Believing                      Journey
Let It Be                                           The Beatles



The Orchestra gives students the opportunity to prepare and perform a repertoire in a variety of genres ranging from classical to pop.  The group is open to beginner through advanced level students as they gain experience playing in a large group setting. 

Sample Repertoire
Palladio                                                         Karl Jenkins
River Flows In You                                      Yiruma
How Does A Moment Last Forever           Alan Kenken
Skyfall                                                          Adele

Chamber Ensemble

In Chamber Ensemble is an audition based performing ensemble. Students have the chance to practice and perform a variety of music genres in small groups. In addition to performing in large fall and spring concerts at the end of each term, students have the opportunity to perform and be showcased at other Canterbury events.

Sample Repertoire
Dust In The Wind                            Kerry Livgren
Game Of Thrones                             Ramin Djawadi
Brandenburg Concerto No.3         J.S. Bach
Ave Verum, Menuet                        Mozart

All-Band Concert Photos