The Department of Music offers two wind band ensembles for student participation: Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Both groups are open to music majors and non-music majors alike. Selection is based on audition prior to or at the beginning of each semester. Each group performs two major concerts a semester as well as other occasional performances by invitation or as arranged. Involvement in either group carries one academic credit valid as an elective toward graduation in any degree program. Participation in either group is open to players of the following instruments (most instruments are available for loan from the university if needed):
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, String Bass, Harp and Percussion.
The Symphonic Band is an ensemble of more than 70 instrumentalists and performs a wide variety of musical styles and literature geared to being musically interesting and challenging to all involved. It provides an ideal opportunity for staying actively involved in music-making and for meeting new friends from across the entire campus.
The Wind Ensemble is a group of approximately 50 players dedicated to performing the finest wind literature from music through to recently composed works. In addition to performance in the full group the Wind Ensemble provides opportunities for chamber music playing by drawing smaller groups from within the total ensemble.
Check out one of the Wind Ensemble's recent rehearsals!
Fall 2013 Audition Music
- Snare Excerpt - Peter & the Wolf
- Snare Excerpt - Scheherezade
- Marimba or Xylophone - Telemann Excerpt
- Timpani - Lepak Etude
- Xylophone - Colas Excerpt
For more information please contact Dr. Rob McWilliams, Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, at 920-424-7016, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Department of Music at 920-424-4224 which is located in the Arts & Communication Center room N206.