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
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.
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.
Karen Atherton, conductor (Fall 2016) 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
CONCERT BAND EXCERPTS, Fall 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.
Music Home page Back to top of Bands page Link to Wind Studies website
Fall 2016 Wind/Brass/Percussion excerpts
for Wind Ensemble/Symphony Band/Orchestra placement auditions:
Flute: Mendelssohn (Scherzo following Overture, 2 before P to the end)
Ravel (m.5 to rehearsal 1)
Kohler (#18 The Wind)
Tchaikovsky (pickups to E through F)
Oboe: Mahler Strauss
Trombone: Tenor Bass
Percussion: Bizet-Carmen Beethoven-Sym9 Strauss-Burleske Prokofiev-Sym5 Kodaly-HaryJanos Tchaik-RomeoJuliet
You may also see the printed excerpts in the Music Office, Room 273. Any questions, please contact the studio teacher directly:
Prof. du Toit (Flute)
Prof. Cohen (Oboe)
Prof. de Guise-Langlois (Clarinet)
Prof. Hulting-Cohen (Saxophone)
Prof. Walt (Bassoon)
Prof. Berlin (Trumpet)
Prof. Michal (Horn)
Prof. Spiridopoulos (Trombone)
Prof. Bottomley (Tuba/Euphonium)
Prof. Kataoka (Percussion)
Back to top of Bands page