Our groups are made up of music majors, music minors, and non-majors! In fact, over half of our ensembles are comprised of non-majors!
This is our main “concert” band that tours! We rehearse 4 days a week for about an hour. There is no audition requirement. We put on an average of 2 concerts per semester including our semester concerts, Homecoming, and Commencement. See the tour section for travel information.
- Wind Ensemble
Our jazz ensemble is kickin’ and enjoys playing a wide variety of styles! We rehearse 2 hours a week and play 1-2 concerts per semester. A fun performance is playing for Jazz Knights on campus, a classy, swing dance put on by the Knight’s Society.
- Jazz Ensemble
Looking for a smaller group? In the spring semester we put together chamber groups for more independent playing. String players are included here!
In the fall, all instrumentalists are invited to play in the pit for our musical!
- Chamber Ensembles (+ strings!)
The BOPB plays for home football & basketball games! This group is volunteer and is not for credit. The athletic department is very supportive of this group and provides meals for every performance. You also get a t-shirt, sweatshirt, a water bottle, and warm-weather hat! We have a blast playing for our teams.
- Big Orange Pep Band
The bands tour nationally (three years) and internationally (every fourth year). National tours feature performances for schools including outreach concerts for younger children and often play along-side the band we’re visiting. The UJ band members then often have evenings free! International touring is often to Europe and involves plenty of sight seeing.
“Joining the UJ band is not solely about becoming a part of a musical group that will inspire you to be the best musician and instrumentalist you can be. It also means that you become a member of a family that will give you more amazing and unforgettable moments than you could ever imagine.”
- Kyle: Accounting – Euphonium & Trombone
“I love band because of the atmosphere. It gives me the opportunity to step away from any stress I may have and surround myself with loving people and great music.”
- ReeAnn: Biology – Flute
“I love band because I have found a second family. I can go to band and forget about all of my problems and exams and just focus on making amazing music with others who share my passion. Without fail, I leave band with a smile every day. Band has given me the opportunity to travel all over the country and around the world, as well as make once-in-a-lifetime memories. My experiences in the UJ band program will stay with me forever.”
- Jordyn: Exercise Science – Trumpet
“I like band at UJ not only because I am challenged to become a better musician, but also because I am given the opportunity to make music alongside some of my closest friends.”
- Meredith: Exercise Science – Flute
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