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New band seeks to involve culture in worship

The International Music Band is seeking recruits to bring an international perspective to worship.

Auditions will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 8-11 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 28 from 2-5 p.m. in the Timko-Barton Hall jazz combo room.

The International Music Band is more than your average worship band. It allows students from numerous cultures and backgrounds to come together and blend different instruments, rhythms and tunes. Through this melting-pot process, the band will create music that allows unique expressions of faith to come alive.

“We understand that worship is a very intimate relationship. When it is allowed to come through a culturally familiar set of instruments and rhythms, that sense of intimacy grows and becomes richer,” said Dr. Marcela Chaván, the director of the International Center.

Students can expect to perform variations of worship and secular music from different cultures.

Music Director Pablo Valencia wants to find students who are simply passionate about music. He is seeking out all types of musicians. There is a spot for people who play instruments of every kind, whether it’s a ukulele, triangle or a voice box.

The main goal is worship, Valencia stressed.

“We not only need excellent musicians, but we need excellent worshippers as well,” he said.

Students can schedule an audition time by emailing Valencia. Through this correspondence students will be told how to prepare and what to expect. Contact Valencia at

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