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DC3 Instrumental Music Program Seeks Muscians

Feb 21, 2017
The Dodge City Community College Music Department is seeking new musicians to join in their growing instrumental music program. Any student can benefit from scholarships provided by the program – no matter their major – so long as they are a full-time student, take Wind Ensemble (or one other instrumental ensemble), and attend private lessons. Non-music majors are allowed to substitute a third ensemble for private lessons. The scholarships available to students who participate in instrumental music cover full tuition and books.

Dr. Paul Morelli, Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music, is excited to take on new students and grow the program to its full potential. “DC3 has a wide variety of performance opportunities, and we are looking for all kinds of musicians! We welcome orchestral strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and jazz rhythm section players,” Morelli stated. “All ensembles welcome music majors as well as students majoring in other subjects. Anyone can play!”

Dr. Morelli comes to Kansas from Memphis, TN where he worked professionally as a trumpeter, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, and arranger. He has worked with the Temptations, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and on NPR's Toast of the Nation. He’s recorded for various TV commercials, numerous albums including with James Mathus (of the Squirrel Nut Zippers), and on Eric Ewazen's Southern Landscapes: Music for Wind Ensemble. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Classical Trumpet with a minor in Conducting, and a Master's and Bachelor's in Jazz. Paul's work has included work in the classical and jazz idioms as well as on both brass and woodwind instruments.

Ensembles offered to students include Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, Dodge City Symphony, and Dodge City Jazz Orchestra. Lessons are offered at any level, from beginner to advanced. Advanced music majors may receive instruction from visiting musicians who specialize in their instrument. DC3 students, especially music majors, receive instruction in every style of music relevant to their instrument.

Students who participate in instrumental music will also have opportunities to perform at several venues, including schools, churches, and radio stations. Dr. Morelli is looking into possible trips to bigger festivals and Europe depending on participation. “The more students we have, the more we can travel,” he stated.

If you would like to know more about becoming a part of the Instrumental Music Program at DC3, please contact Dr. Paul Morelli at 620-227-9246 or by email at