The Pratt Community College performing arts department is creating opportunities for students and community members to get involved.

“We are always looking for ways to improve and to involve the community,” said Misty Beck, performing arts instructor.

The community band started practicing on Monday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. and will meet every Monday school is in session. The band will perform at all home basketball games, under the direction of JJ Rupe.

All pep band instruments are welcome. The band plays mostly classic rock, as is customary for pep collegiate bands, and creates a rowdy atmosphere at the games.

“Having the pep band there gives us the college basketball feel,” said Jesse Shaw, men’s basketball coach. “They get pretty into it and loud. Jeremy does a good job of getting the Beaver Dome excited.”

Along with having a band for people to join, there are also two community choirs: one for children and one for adults. The children’s choir is for anyone from the ages of 4 to 13. The adult choir is for ages 14 and up.

Both choirs will meet on Monday evenings starting at 6 p.m. The adult choir will meet in the music room (room number 42) in the Benson Education Center and the children’s in the Carpenter Auditorium.

Both choirs will sing at the Broadway Review and in the Christmas show during the fall semester and a couple of times that have yet to be determined in the spring.

JJ Rupe will be directing the adult choir.

There will be no registration or cost to be in any of the groups, but possible wardrobe requirements, which Beck said they will help with.

For more information about any of these opportunities, please email Beck at