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Bands

ALL UMASS STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO PLAY IN UMASS BANDS!
Check out the Wind Studies website or see below for more info.
Click or scroll down for info on: Wind Ensemble   Symphony Band   
Concert Band
   Minuteman Marching Band & Hoop Band

The UMass Amherst Bands are open to all students, subject to auditions held at the beginning of each semester, and appear in concert on campus several times a year. The Bands have been selected to represent UMass Amherst at conferences and festivals that have included Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA; the Washington, D.C. home of the Marine Band; and the Capitol Building in Boston.

Ensemble auditions for the Spring 2016 semester will be held the week of January 19-22. Sign-up sheets are available outside Dr. Westgate's office, 257 FAC. Click for the Wind/Brass/Percussion Audition Schedule.
Click or see below for Audition Excerpts.

WIND ENSEMBLE   
Matthew Westgate, conductor    Wind Studies website
Performs major works in twentieth-century wind literature. Regularly commissions and premieres new works and has recorded the wind music of David Maslanka and Charles Bestor on the Albany and Centaur CD labels. Recently invited to perform at Music Educators National Conference and College Band Directors conferences in Connecticut, New Jersey and the Washington D.C. home of the U.S. Marine Band.

SYMPHONY BAND 
Matthew Westgate, conductor    Wind Studies website
Performs a wide range of wind literature, including works by composers such as Persichetti, Benson, Woolfenden, Holst, Grainger and Ticheli. Features guest soloists and conductors and has performed at MENC and CBDNA Eastern Division Conventions.

CONCERT BAND   Link to description on Marching Band website & how to join
Timothy T. Anderson, director
Meets and performs in both the fall and spring semesters (one concert each semester) and features a wide variety of standard band literature. The University Community is particularly encouraged to join - everyone is welcome.
There are no auditions to join the Concert Band, but there are auditions for chair placement.  These are held during the first rehearsal. Each audition consists of an excerpt and scales.
Links to pdfs for Chair Placement Auditions:
SCALES: Flute  Bflat-TrebleClef  Alto Sax  Horn  Trombone-EuphBC-Bassoon  Tuba
EXCERPTS, Spring 2016 (pdf): Piccolo   Flute   Oboe   Clarinet in Bb   Bass Clarinet
Bassoon   Alto Sax   Tenor Sax   Baritone Sax   Horn in F   Trumpet in Bb   Trombone
Euphonium-TrebleClef   Euphonium-BassClef   Tuba

MINUTEMAN MARCHING BAND    Link to Marching Band website
Timothy T. Anderson, director
One of the finest university marching bands in the Northeast, this 300-member ensemble performs at home and away football games and makes many guest appearances throughout the region and nationally.

MINUTEMAN HOOP BAND   Link to description on Marching Band website & how to join
Provides musical excitement and spirit at home basketball games and post-season tournaments. Open to students from the entire University Community.

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Symphony Band horns

 

Spring 2016 Wind/Brass/Percussion excerpts
for Wind Ensemble/Symphony Band/Orchestra placement auditions:

Oboe
Saxophone
Horn
Trumpet
Trombone-tenor
Trombone-bass
Percussion:
Finlandia-timp  Strauss-timp  Porgy&Bess-xylophone  Delecluse-snare  
Petrouchka-tambourine
 Ravel-castanets

You may also see the printed excerpts in the Music Office, Room 273. Any questions, please contact the studio teacher directly:
Prof. Krueger (Flute)
Prof. Cohen (Oboe)
Prof. Sussman (Clarinet)
Prof. Hulting-Cohen (Saxophone)
Prof. Walt (Bassoon)
Prof. Berlin (Trumpet)
Prof. Michal (Horn)
Prof. Spiridopoulos (Trombone)
Prof. Bottomley (Tuba/Euphonium)
Prof. Kataoka (Percussion)

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