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.
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.
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.
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.
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All 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 $45 participation fee covers the cost of a commemorative t-shirt and meals while on campus.
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. 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 28th.
Nomination Forms must be returned by December 8, 2016 via mail, fax or email to:
MU All Juniors Honor Band
202 Loeb Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Event Details for Participants
Juniors chosen for the MU All Juniors Honor Band must return the AJHB Participant Registration Form and $45 participation fee by January 19, 2017 to:
MU Junior Honors 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 20 at 7:00 PM in the Missouri Theatre. For those unable to attend, live audio streaming is available via the links provided here.
Friday, August 18
- 12:00-3:00 p.m. – Saxophone/Clarinet (Loeb 201)
- 12:00-1:30 p.m. – Percussion (Loeb 112)
- 3:30-5:00 p.m. – Flute/Oboe/Bassoon (Loeb 204)
- 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Trombone/Tuba/Euphonium (Loeb 201)
- 6:00-8:30 p.m. – Trumpet/Horn (Loeb 201)