Directed by Dr. Erik Janners, 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.
Directed by Dr. Jason Ladd, the Marquette University Symphonic Band is made up of about 130 students from all academic programs. The Symphonic Band meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5-6:20 pm, and performs in three major concerts on campus each year. While most students own their own instruments, the university does have an inventory of brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments for use by students.
Members of the Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band may also participate in the Pep Band that performs at all home Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games. The Pep Band also travels with the teams to conference and NCAA tournaments.
There are two Jazz Big Bands, directed by Dr. Erik Janners, that are comprised of about 20 students each. The Jazz Ensembles meet on Tuesdays, from 5:00 - 6:30 PM and 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Varsity Theatre. The ensembles perform three or four concerts a year and for special events on campus.
The Marquette University Orchestra is made up of about 60 students as well as a few alumni and faculty members. The Orchestra meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. The Orchestra is directed by Dr. Jason Ladd and performs several concerts of classical and contemporary music each year.
For information on instrumental music call (414) 288-7125.