Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band

These ensembles consist of outstanding wind and percussion players from all areas of the TAMU campus. Literature performed by the bands is chosen from the best of traditional and contemporary band works. The bands perform two concerts per semester and occasionally participate in off campus concerts and tours. Students from all majors are welcome in the band and Corps of Cadets membership is not required.

The Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band each rehearse three times per week and the Concert Band rehearses two times per week during the regular academic day. Preparations are done without the use of sectional rehearsals or other additional rehearsals to allow students to focus on studies and to have the ability to join other organizations and activities. You can see our repertoire here.

Ensemble Courses and Times:

Symphonic Winds: Music 280, Section 502, MWF, 1:50 AM-2:40 PM, 1 Hour Credit
Travis Almany – Conductor

Symphonic Band: Music 280, Section 503, MWF, 11:30 AM-12:20 PM, 1 Hour Credit
Russell Tipton – Conductor

Concert Band: Music 280, Section 504, TTh, 11:10 AM-12:25 PM, 1 Hour Credit
Russel Tipton – Conductor

Audition Requirements

Membership in the Texas A&M University concert ensembles is based on a live audition. Auditions are by appointment and take place in the Music Activities Center. Audition material is selected by the student auditioning and should include two contrasting excerpts which exhibit both technical facility and lyrical qualities. Students should prepare approximately two minutes of each style. Percussionists should select three excerpts, one each on timpani, snare, and keyboards. Sight reading is also included in the audition process.

Scheduling an Audition

For incoming students, auditions should take place just prior to the student’s New Student Conference the summer before entering A&M. The day before the student’s summer New Student Conference is often the most convenient date. You can request an audition by completing the audition form. Once the form is completed, you will be contacted by a director. If you have audition or other questions, you may contact Mr. Russell Tipton at rtipton@tamu.edu or 979.845.3529 or Mr. Travis Almany at talmany@tamu.edu.

For current students at A&M, auditions should take place prior to registering for classes for the semester you would like to join. Contact Mr. Tipton at rtipton@tamu.edu or 979.845.3529