522/7867 Band Arranging

Develop skills and techniques for arranging concert band and wind ensemble compositions, and become familiar with the instrumentation, devices, techniques and types of scoring that can be used. Students will prepare one full arrangement as part of this course. Students will be writing each week. All project submissions, grading and returns will be done electronically. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 5:00–6:00 p.m. CST beginning September 20. This course fulfills the requirement for band track candidates who are completing the master of music education degree program at VanderCook.


Required software: Students must have a full version of Sibelius or Finale music notation software and basic skills in the use of either.

Instructor: Ken Snoeck


Kenneth Snoeck has retired from a thirty-five year teaching career, the last twenty-three of which were at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL.  While at Lake Park, Mr. Snoeck’s concert bands toured to Moscow, Russia in 1997, performing concerts with the band of the Russian Defense Ministry. In 2000, the concert bands toured France, performing a joint concert with the French Navy Band in Toulon. The Lake Park Wind Ensemble was also an Illinois Superstate concert band contest participant on multiple occasions.

Mr. Snoeck received Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music degrees from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. In 1973, Mr. Snoeck was awarded the College Band Director’s National Association “Best Original Manuscript for the Biennium 1971-1973 composition prize for “Scaramouch”, Symphony No. 3 for Winds and Percussion. He was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded an honorary doctorate from VanderCook College of Music in 2008.

Since retiring from full time teaching in 2004, Mr. Snoeck has devoted his time to music composition, arranging and adjudication, traveling to Canada and across the United States as a judge for band events. He lives in suburban Chicago with his wife Pamela.


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