University of Dubuque


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. Please contact Director of Bands Nicholas Bratcher at for more information.

Join UD Bands

If you're interested in being a part of bands at the University of Dubuque, complete the band interest form.

Wind Ensemble Fall Concert October 15, 7:30 pm Butler Hall
Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert October 27, 7:30 pm Butler Hall
Veteran's Day Concert (UD & Clarke) November 11, 7:30 pm Clarke
Christmas at Heritage Center December 5, 7:30 pm Butler Hall
Holiday Jazz Concert December 10, 7:30 pm Butler Hall
Adrian Band Festival Concert February 23, 7:30 pm Butler Hall
Great River Wind Symphony (UD, Clarke, & Loras)

February 28, 7:30 pm

Wind Ensemble Spring Concert

April 7, 7:30 pm

Butler Hall
Swing into Spring Jazz Concert

April 15, 7:30 pm

Butler Hall

April 30, 7:30 pm

May 1, 7:30 pm

May 2, 2:00 pm

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 Heritage Center's Straatmeyer Rehearsal Room. 

 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 Heritage Center's Straatmeyer Rehearsal Room.