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Wind Ensemble

Pep Band at Madison Square Gardens



The Wind Ensemble is a band which performs high-level wind band repertoire. It is designed for those students who are seeking a high-level music-making experience. The group rehearses from 3:30-4:50 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and performs two concerts per semester on campus. Auditions take place during the first week of classes, and students will generally audition for placement with the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble at the same time. All students are welcome in the MU bands program, but placement within the Wind Ensemble is competitive.


Symphonic Band


The Symphonic Band is a group designed for students who wish to continue to make music at the collegiate level in a relaxed setting. The group rehearses from 5:00-6:20 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and performs one major concert per semester, in addition to performing as a part of other concerts such as the Music Area Holiday Concert. All students are welcome in the Symphonic Band, and an audition for seat placement within the ensemble takes place during the first week of classes. Please see the How To Join page for more information.

Winter Concert with Doc


Pep Band

Pep Band at Madison Square Gardens



The MU Pep Band is open only to members of the Marquette Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. The Pep Band performs for all men’s and women’s home basketball games, in addition to special events such as Midnight Madness, Al’s Run, and the Big East and NCAA basketball tournaments. Please see the Pep Band page for more information.


Jazz Band



The jazz ensemble is a flexible group in terms of size and instrumentation. The jazz ensemble is open to all students at Marquette, and currently consists of two big bands, both of which meet on Tuesdays, one at 5 pm and one at 7 pm. The Jazz Ensemble can consist of one large Big Band, a Big Band and a Jazz Combo, or whatever combination seems to work best with the students who wish to participate in a given year. The Jazz Ensemble performs one major concert per semester, as well as for various special events or guest artists – for example, the Jazz Ensemble was privileged to perform with Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band in February of 2009. Contact us for more information.


Jeff Coffin


Last Updated: August 13, 2013