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MIDI Band History
  • The Capital University MIDI Band was founded in 1987 by Dr. Rocky J. Reuter. In his own words, here's how the band came to be:

    "In the spring of 1987, I taught an electronic music class that incorporated an Apple Macintosh computer and a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer. The students in that class were exposed to both classical and popular electronic music of many types. Some of them had worked with MIDI even more than I had. We discussed and got excited about the possibility of using MIDI instruments for live performances rather than just for making sequences.

    In the fall of 1987, the students and I decided to form an electronic ensemble using both school- and student-owned equipment. We called it the Electronic Music Consort (a consort being a group of instruments based on the same design principle). A few years later, we came up with a catchier name: the MIDI Band.

    In the spring of 1988, the MIDI Band gave its inaugural concert as part of the Midnight Electrician series, which featured original student compositions created in the electronic music class. By 1996, we had completed our first tour and played at our first Ohio music convention. Since then, the MIDI Band has given live performances at nearly 20 national and regional conferences and at dozens of schools throughout the country.

    The MIDI Band has grown from seven entrepreneurial and talented students to as many as 14 students at any given time. The equipment, now all owned by the school, continues to be a mix of historical and cutting-edge technologies.

    I take pride in fostering the growth of the MIDI Band and the creativity of its members. The weekly rehearsals continue to be a lot of fun, and besides that, I'm convinced they help keep me young!"

    As the first college-credited MIDI ensemble in the country, the MIDI Band paved the way for others to follow.

    Read what MIDI Band alumni have to say about the experience of playing with the band and its impact on their careers as professional musicians.