The USA Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental ensemble in the Department of Music.
A select performing ensemble of woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists,
the Wind Ensemble emphasizes wind ensemble literature and live performance. The Wind
Ensemble is open to music majors and non-majors with prior instrumental performance
experience in high school or junior college. All students must win an audition each
semester in order to join the ensemble. The Wind Ensemble is conducted by Director
of Bands, Dr. William Petersen
The University of South Alabama Symphony Band is the Department's second concert band.
A large performing ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists, the
USA Symphony Band emphasizes wind band literature and live performance. The ensemble,
which meets in both Fall and Spring semester, is open by audition to both music majors
and non-music majors. All members of the ensemble must win an audition each semester
in order to join the band. The USA Symphony Band is conducted by Dr. Jason Rinehart
, Associate Director of Bands.
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The University of South Alabama University Band is the Department's third concert
band. This large performing ensemble ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists
is open to all students, faculty and staff on the campus of USA. Music majors and
minors are encouraged to play a secondary instrument in this ensemble to gain more
experience with that instrument. The ensemble meets in the Spring semester only,
on Monday nights. The ensemble's focus is to continue the development of musical
skills by playing standard and contemporary wind band literature and by giving one
performance during the Spring semester. This is a non-auditioned ensemble, everyone
is welcome to come and play regardless of skill level. The USA University Band is
conducted by Assistant Director of Bands, Mr. Matthew Greenwood.
Auditions occur on the day prior and the first day of the semester.