University Bands Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to be a music major to participate in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble?
    You do not have to be a music major in order to play in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The
    group is comprised of a mix of music majors and non-majors. Community members are also
    welcome to participate.
  2. Can I take band as a freshman?
    Absolutely! Even though the course numbers (MUS 327 Symphonic Wind Ensemble; MUS 376
    Chamber Wind Ensemble; MUS 377 Brass Ensemble) classifies these as upper division classes,
    these groups are open to all students, regardless of year.
  3. How good do I have to be to be in the Wind Ensemble?
    The Wind Ensemble is comprised of students with varying levels of ability, and all students with
    prior experience playing a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument are welcome to participate.
    Our philosophy is to provide for students the opportunity to continue their musical journey and to
    foster musical growth.
  4. Do I have to audition?
    There is no formal audition for entrance into the Wind Ensemble. However, students are asked
    to audition at the beginning of the term as a way for the director to meet students individually,
    gain an understanding of each member's musicianship, and to assign parts in a manner that will
    best suit the needs of the group.
  5. What do I have to do for the audition?
    The audition consists of the following: two major scales of your choice, a musical excerpt or two
    for your instrument, and a brief sight reading etude.
  6. When does the Wind Ensemble meet?
    The Symphonic Wind Ensemble meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:50 in GMC 1028.
  7. How many concerts does the band give?
    The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs on campus approximately twice per semester. In addition, the group performs once in a while at area high schools and for other community events.
  8. What pieces has the band performed?
    The Wind Ensemble performs a variety of standard works for wind band as well as newer
    repertoire. Sample works performed in recent years include Norman Dello Joio's Scenes from
    the Louvre, Ron Nelson's Morning Alleluias for the Winter Solstice, Festive Overture by Dmitri
    Shostakovich, and Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed. For a complete list of repertoire we have
    performed, see Past Wind Ensemble Programs.
  9. Can I check out an instrument?
    Yes, we have instruments available for student use. Checking out an instrument is very easy
    and affordable. Contact Dolores Bainter in the GMC music office for assistance at (707) 664-
  10. How do I find out more?
    Contact Dr. Andy Collinsworth at or Department of Music Chair Dr.
    Brian Wilson at