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Instrumental Ensembles

The University of Dubuque has a rich tradition of bands open to all students on campus.  All UD students are invited and encouraged to explore the many opportunities available, including Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Pep Band.

The department offers a major in Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) with concentrations in music, theatre, or dance. Minors are also offered in these concentrations.

 

2013-2014 PERFORMANCES

Spectrum Concert November 16, 7:30 p.m. Butler Hall
Christmas at Heritage Center December 14, 7:00 p.m. Butler Hall
Great River Wind Symphony March 1, 7:30 p.m. Butler Hall
Swing Into Spring (Jazz Ensemble) April 2, 7:00 p.m. Heritage Center Café
Wind Ensemble Spring Concert April 9, 7:30 p.m. Butler Hall
Pirates of Penzance

May 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; May 3, 2:00 p.m.

Butler Hall

 

Wind Ensemble

The University of Dubuque Wind Ensemble studies excellent band literature and provides wind and percussion players of all majors with an artistic opportunity to perform in a concert ensemble.  The group also serves as an outlet for vocal and instrumental FPA music majors to study a secondary instrument and provide a lab setting for conducting students and guest artists.  Wind Ensemble performs between two and four concerts annually.

Membership is open to all students regardless of major, and university-owned instruments are available for use.  A short part-placement audition is required to determine seating in the ensemble. Wind Ensemble is available for one hour of credit for non-majors, as well as fulfills ensemble requirements for FPA music majors.

The ensemble meets in the fall and spring semesters on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Straatmeyer Rehearsal Room in the newly constructed Heritage Center. 

Wind Ensemble is conducted by Director of Instrumental Music, Nicholas Bratcher. For more information, contact nbratcher@dbq.edu.

 Jazz Ensemble

The University of Dubuque Jazz Ensemble performs diverse literature that ranges from big band swing to modern jazz-fusion. The ensemble, as well as it's break-out jazz combo, provide ample opportunity for study of ensemble jazz sound as well as solo technique.  Jazz Ensemble performs several concerts each year, both on and off-campus.

The ensemble meets in the fall and spring semesters on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Straatmeyer Rehearsal Room in the newly constructed Heritage Center.

Jazz Ensemble is conducted by adjunct professor and veteran jazz musician Bill Encke.  For more information, contact wencke@dbq.edu.

Pep Band

The University of Dubuque Pep Band is a student musical organization that performs at UD Sporting Events as well as other university functions, including but not limited to home football games and women's and men's basketball games.  The band plays everything from traditional pep band music to today's hits. Musicians of all levels and abilities are welcome to participate; no audition is required.  Pep Band is available for one hour of ensemble credit.

Pep Band is directed by adjunct professor Rob Martin.  For more information, contact rmartin@dbq.edu

Bluegrass Group

The University of Dubuque Bluegrass Group is a student musical organization that plays bluegrass and country repertoire. The group is open to all UD students and is available fore one hour of ensemble credit.

Bluegrass Group is directed by adjunct professor Alan Crandall. For more information, contact acrandal@dbq.edu.

 

 

Join the UD Band

If you're interested in performing at the University of Dubuque, complete the Band interest form.