College of Music

UNT One O'Clock Lab Band plans fall concerts with guests


The University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band will share the stage with two guests in concerts this fall. 

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores, an 18-piece big band, will perform a free concert at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the University Union Syndicate, 1155 Union Circle. The One O'clock Lab Band will open for the Commodores, which includes six alumni of the UNT College of Music.  The lab band's pre-concert rehearsal will be open to the public, along with an earlier Commodores concert at 2 p.m., in Kenton Hall at 415 Ave. C. 

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UNT music professor caps year of milestones with Carnegie concert

Jeff Bradetich is having a year of milestones. The University of North Texas Regents Professor of Double Bass turned 60, his double bass turned 250 years old and he marked his 50th years playing double bass, the largest string instrument in the orchestra pit.

He just saw the competition his foundation launched stage its second international solo bass competition, and his summer strings institute turned 30.

Bradetich will celebrate the milestones with an 8 p.m. concert on Friday, Nov. 17 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. UNT visiting professor Christoph Hammer will accompany him on...

Unheard Duke Ellington songs given new life by UNT jazz professor

You’ve heard Duke Ellington, but never like this.

Richard DeRosa, Grammy nominee and professor of jazz arranging at the University of North Texas, co-produced an album of modernized works by Ellington, a jazz legend. It's called Rediscovered Ellington.

Fans of Ellington’s toe-tapping “Hey Baby,” which he recorded with Rosemary Clooney (actor George Clooney’s aunt) in 1946, will recognize what DeRosa calls “the DNA of the song,” but with an entirely new twist. The other songs on the album are much more obscure. Even fans of Ellington’s work might not recognize some of the material. That’s...

12 best music towns in the nation

Discovering lesser-known music-centric destinations across the country

The Nashvilles and Austins of the world have already been stamped with the music city letter, but there are far more towns out there that are rocking under the radar. Rhythm and beats, and tunes and melodies, are common threads that run through communities, showing where a town has come from and where it’s headed.

What’s buzzing out there? Where can you hear something new or listen to something familiar? We scoured the nation to uncover a range of places that have one belief in common: music is life. Besides that, these towns and...

UNT's music business program ranked by Billboard magazine

Music magazine Billboard named the University of North Texas's music business program one of the top 15 in the country.

The list, which does not rank the 15 schools included, states UNT's College of Music earned a slot because of the new focus on entrepreneurship in music. The program, which launched last year, offers new internships, guest speakers and bi-weekly music entrepreneurship department lectures.

UNT is featured alongside Berklee College of Music, New York University Tisch School of the Arts and the Herb Alpert School of Music at University of California Los Angeles.