University Bands

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Wind Ensemble - MUO 127, 427, 527

The USA Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental ensemble in the Department of Music. A select performing ensemble of woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists, the Wind Ensemble emphasizes wind ensemble literature and live performance. The Wind Ensemble is open to music majors and non-majors with prior instrumental performance experience in high school or junior college. All students must win an audition each semester in order to join the ensemble.  The Wind Ensemble is conducted by Director of Bands, Dr. William Petersen.  He is assisted by Dr. Jason Rinehart, Associate Director of Bands.

Symphony Band - MUO 117, 417, 527

The University of South Alabama Symphony Band is the Department's second concert band.  A large performing ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists, the USA Symphony Band emphasizes wind band literature and live performance. The ensemble, which meets in both Fall and Spring semester, is open by audition to both music majors and non-music majors.  All members of the ensemble must win an audition each semester in order to join the band.  The USA Symphony Band is conducted by Dr. Jason Rinehart, Associate Director of Bands.  

University Band - MUO 137, 437, 537

The University of South Alabama University Band is the Department's third concert band.  This large performing ensemble ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists is open to all students, faculty and staff on the campus of USA.  Music majors and minors are encouraged to play a secondary instrument in this ensemble to gain more experience with that instrument.  The ensemble meets in the Spring semester only, on Monday nights.  The ensemble's focus is to continue the development of musical skills by playing standard and contemporary wind band literature and by giving one performance during the Spring semester.  This is a non-auditioned ensemble, everyone is welcome to come and play regardless of skill level.  The USA University Band is co-conducted by Dr. William Petersen, Director of Bands and Dr. Jason Rinehart, Associate Director of Bands.

Auditions

Auditions typically take place during the first week of classes each semester.