Concert Bands

Wind Ensemble

University Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble incorporates the finest woodwind, brass and percussion performers on campus. This select ensemble offers one-per-part playing in a flexible setting and performs the highest quality wind band literature.
High expectations for individual musicianship and advanced technical attainment make membership in the Wind Ensemble a challenging and rewarding experience. Membership is through competitive auditions held each semester. Recent guests of the Wind Ensemble have include renowned wind band composers John Mackey, Steve Bryant, David Maslanka, Michael Markowski, and Ryan George. The Wind Ensemble has recently toured China and Italy, and has made several appearances at state, regional, and national conferences. The Wind Ensemble gives two performances each semester and is conducted by Dr. Brian A. Silvey. Wind Ensemble meets from 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band

This ensemble is one of the highest quality performing organizations on campus. It is comprised of accomplished wind and percussion players and performs a traditional repertoire of wind band literature. The Symphonic Band has represented MU with performances at state, regional and national professional music conferences and conventions. Students are placed in this ensemble by auditions which occur at the beginning of each semester. Membership is open to all students in the university. The Symphonic Band meets from 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm Tuesday and Thursday, gives two performances each semester, and is conducted by Dr. Amy M. Knopps.

University Band

University Band

The University Band is comprised of outstanding student musicians from all schools and departments within the university. Featuring works from all genres of the wind band repertoire, this ensemble performs regularly throughout the academic year. Performances are often shared with the Symphonic Band and area public school bands. 

Participation in the University Band offers MU students an ideal opportunity to remain involved in music performance throughout their college career, despite their busy academic schedules. Membership is open to all students—a short audition will determine chair placement within the ensemble. The University Band meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00–9:00PM.


Brian Silvey conducting Symphonic Band

Auditions are held before the start of classes each semester for placement into one of the large instrumental ensembles. Wind and percussion students are assigned to either the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band or the University Philharmonic based on technical performance ability and the needs of the ensemble. No audition is required for the University Band. All students must prepare EVERY excerpt listed for their instrument. Detailed information and audition excerpts will be posted by July for the following academic year.

All new and returning woodwind, brass and percussion students must play an audition every semester to qualify for placement in an ensemble.

All-State Resources

Please click the following link for access to All-State Recordings and Videos: All-State Recordings and Videos 

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All-Juniors Honor Band

Juniors honor band

This two-day event will provide 11th-grade band students the opportunity to experience the collegiate concert band environment through interaction with MU School of Music faculty and students. Juniors chosen for this Honor Band will receive instruction from both MU band and applied faculty members. The event will culminate in a joint concert with the Wind Ensemble at the historic Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia, MO. The $50 participation fee covers the cost of a commemorative t-shirt and meals while on campus.

Band Directors, please download the following documents for more information and to nominate your qualified 11th-grade students. AJHB Nomination Form and Letter to Directors

Please Note: Juniors who earned a position in an MMEA All-District Honor Band will receive automatic acceptance into the MU All-Juniors Honor Band. Furthermore, those who participated as sophomores in the 2017 All-State Band (or were Honorable Mention) will receive automatic acceptance and free admittance to this event. Band Directors with 11th-grade students represented in their All-District Honor Band should receive a customized nomination packet in the mail. Please notify our office if you have not received your packet by November 29th.

Nomination forms must be returned by December 8, 2017, via mail, fax or email to:

MU All-Juniors Honor Band
202 Loeb Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Fax: 573-884-5515

Event Details for Participants
Juniors chosen for the MU All-Juniors Honor Band must return the AJHB Participant Registration Form and $50 participation fee by January 19, 2018 to:

MU All-Juniors Honor Band
202 Loeb Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

For more information about this event, please read our All-Juniors Important Info, Itinerary, and Map letter. Friends, family, and band directors are welcome to attend the culminating concert on Monday, February 19 at 7:00 PM in the Missouri Theatre. For those unable to attend, live audio streaming is available via the links provided here.


Audition Schedule/Locations: 

Audition Information


Friday, August 17th

12-3PM Saxophone/Clarinet in Loeb 201

12-1:30PM Percussion in Loeb 112

3:30-5PM Flute/Oboe/Bassoon in Loeb 204

3:30-5:30PM Trombone/Tuba/Euphonium in Loeb 201

6-7PM Trumpet in Loeb 201

7-8PM Horn in Loeb 201

Click here for Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion audition sign-ups