Professor Emeritus Larry Lowder formed the Fullerton College Community Band in 1974. The mission of the band is to provide amateur musicians an opportunity to perform for, and educate the public of the North Orange County Community College District. The Fullerton College Community Band has evolved into one of the premier Community Bands in the United States. Throughout its thirty-one year history the Fullerton College Community Band has been involved with commissioning new compositions for band, performing at National Community Band Festivals, and has engaged soloists from the Pacific Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform with the ensemble. Larry Lowder conducted the band until 1992 when the baton was passed to Dr. Anthony P. Mazzaferro.
Dr. Mazzaferro is the Director of Bands and Professor of Tuba/Euphonium at Fullerton College. Dr. Mazzaferro has guest conducted bands and orchestras internationally and is currently celebrating his thirteenth year as the conductor of the Fullerton College Community Band. The band performs several concerts during the year throughout Orange County and presents a series of free "Concerts on the Quad" at Fullerton College each summer. The band also performs throughout the community, including the annual "Night In Fullerton" celebration of the Arts. The band continues to receive invitations to perform throughout the Southland and has been highly praised for its performances by Music Educators and Professional Musicians in the community.
The Applied Music Program provides students the opportunity to study privately with Fullerton College music faculty in their particular applied music discipline. Students receive one-on-one instruction and are expected to perform in a recital situation each semester.
Under the direction of Professor Nicola Bertoni, the Fullerton College Choral Studies Program has garnered a national reputation for excellence in performance and the training of future music educators throughout the state.
For both the non-major and the major alike, the Music general education courses meet university transfer requirements and allow the student to build a strong foundation of introductory knowledge to the many facets of music-making and music-study.
The Guitar Studies program at Fullerton College offers opportunities for everyone from the beginner who wants to learn the basics to the more advanced player who wants to further their skills and knowledge.
The Instrumental Music Program offers a wide variety of ensembles in various styles for student performance. Students in these ensembles benefit from the direction of our nationally and internationally recognized faculty while also developing critical performance skills required at four-year institutions.
The Jazz Studies at Fullerton College is coordinated by Professor Bruce Babad (Instrumental) and Professor Jamie Shew (Vocal).We offer many courses and ensembles for instrumentalists and vocalists within the program to study and perform songs from the vast, rich tradition and evolution of jazz music.
Fullerton College is on the forefront of teaching the latest tools of the trade and offer classes in Electronic Music Production, Film Scoring, Recording using Pro Tools, Logic Pro X and Ableton Live. Third party certifications are available for Pro Tools and Logic Pro X.