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Woodwind, Brass, Bands and Percussion Studies

University of Tampa Bands

Woodwind, brass and percussion players will find numerous performance opportunities at The University of Tampa as soloists and collaborators in a variety of ensembles. All bands welcome experienced musicians of every major. If you are interested in joining the University of Tampa Bands, contact bmcdannald@ut.edu, UT director of bands.

Wind Ensemble – The premiere wind and percussion ensemble at UT, the UT Wind Ensemble performs several concerts each semester. Repertoire includes music from all style periods, ranging from traditional works for concert band to the latest compositions for full and adjustable-size wind band. Students are assigned parts as required by each piece. Membership is by audition at the beginning of the fall semester. Auditions for 2018-2019 will be held during the first week of classes. Wind Ensemble meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble – A big band of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section that plays music of all styles from traditional swing to contemporary jazz. The UT Jazz Ensemble performs several times each semester on campus and around the Tampa area. Membership is by audition at the beginning of the fall semester. Auditions for 2018-2019 will be held during the first week of classes. Jazz Ensemble meets Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.

Spartan Band – The Spartan Band (pep band) performs up-tempo popular tunes at a variety of University athletic and promotional events and professional sporting events. Membership is open to all UT students who participate in either the Wind Ensemble or Jazz Ensemble. Students not enrolled in either of those groups should contact the director of bands before signing up.

Audition Information for Fall 2018

A sign-up list will be posted outside room 98 during by August 27th. Audition times will be listed there. The first meeting of Wind Ensemble will be on Friday, August 31. The first Jazz Ensemble meeting will be an informational meeting on August 27th, due to the Labor Day holiday the following week.

Woodwind and Brass Players: Please prepare a 2-3 minute etude or excerpt from standard repertoire of your choice that best shows your ability. No accompaniment is necessary. If you need help selecting a piece or etude, feel free to contact your applied instructor or assistant professor, Brandon McDannald. Also be prepared to sightread.

Percussion: Each student will perform on snare drum and mallets. Please prepare a 2-3 minute etude or excerpt from standard repertoire of your choice that best shows your ability on snare drum or mallets. If you need help selecting a piece or etude, feel free to contact your applied instructor or assistant professor, Brandon McDannald. Also be prepared to sightread on snare drum or mallets, based on your choice of solo. 

Any string bass players interested in joining Wind Ensemble, should contact bmcdannald@ut.edu

UT Summer Band Camp (middle and high school)

The UT Band Camp is a comprehensive music camp for woodwind, brass and percussion students in grades 7-12. The camp is sponsored by the Department of Music at The University of Tampa and led by UT Director of Bands Brandon McDannald. | Learn More.