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Concert Bands

Symphonic Band

Wind Ensemble

Director: Dr. Emily Threinen

The Wind Ensemble is a select ensemble composed of 60 of the University’s finest graduate and undergraduate wind and percussion musicians. The ensemble performs five to six concerts on and off campus each academic year. Admission is by audition only.

Symphonic Band

Director: Professor Jerry Luckhardt

The Symphonic Band is an ensemble of 70 to 80 select wind and percussion players. Although many members are music majors, the ensemble includes a number of undergraduate and graduate students from other disciplines. Symphonic Band performs four or five concerts each year. Admission is by audition only.

University Band

University Band Director: Professor Betsy McCann

The University Band is an ensemble of 80 to 90 wind and percussion players who represent a combination of music majors and students from other disciplines. The University Band rehearses two times per week (Monday and Thursday evenings) and performs two concerts per semester. Auditions for new members will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Please contact for full audition information.

Campus Bands

Campus Bands Directors: Cory Near, Cassandra Bechard, and J. Nick Smith

We are proud to offer three Campus Band opportunities: Maroon Band, Gold Band, and North Star Band. The Campus Bands are open to students of varied majors and disciplines within the University. These ensembles allow all levels of student musicians to enjoy making music with limited rehearsal demands. The Campus Bands rehearse one time per week (Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening) and perform two concerts per semester. A formal audition is not required. 

If you are interested in joining a Campus Band, sign up for MUS 3400, section 002, 003, or 004.

Concert Band Concerts, Fall 2018

Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 pm Symphonic Band Concert
Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 pm School of Music Collage Concert
Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 pm North Star & Gold Campus Bands Concert
Friday, October 26 at 7:30 pm Wind Ensemble Concert
Monday, October 29 at 7:30 pm  University Band & Maroon Campus Band Concert
Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 pm Wind Ensemble & University Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensembles
Sunday, November 11 at 4 pm at Northrop Wind Ensemble Brass & Percussion with U of M Choirs & Oratorio Society of Minnesota. Tickets available at or 612-624-2345.
Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 pm Symphonic Band Concert
Monday, December 3  at 7:30 pm Maroon & Gold Campus Bands Concert
Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30 pm University Bad & North Star Campus Band Concert 
Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30 pm Wind Ensemble & University Symphony Orchestra Strings Concert

Concert Band Concerts, Spring 2019

Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 pm Symphonic Band Concert
Wednesday, March 6 at 7 pm Wind Ensemble and Minnesota Symphonic Winds, 7 pm
Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 pm  Maroon & Gold Campus Bands Concert 
Friday, March 8 at 6:30 pm University Band & North Star Campus Band Concert
Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 pm Symphonic Band Concert
Friday, April 26 at 7:30 pm Wind Ensemble Concert
Monday, April 29 at 7:30 pm University Band Concert
Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 pm North Star, Gold and Maroon Campus Bands Concert

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If you are interested in financially supporting the U of M Band program, please contact CLA Development Officer Jessica Waller at 612-626-5141 or

Prospective Students

Regardless of your intended major, there are several ways to become a part of the rich Band tradition at the University of Minnesota.

  • Audition for a Concert Band (3 of 6 concert bands do not require an audition)
  • Audition for the Marching Band
  • Apply to the School of Music (music majors, minors and PSEO students)

Music Educators

  • U of M Band Events 2018-2019 poster will be created for classroom decoration.
  • If you are interested in visiting campus to observe rehearsal or schedule a tour, contact

Additional Questions?

Contact or call 612-624-6873