Band Ensembles

Instrumental Ensembles in the Band Area

1. Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
The Symphonic Band is the premiere performing ensemble of the Jackson State University band program. The Symphonic Band consists of 73 talented students majoring in music and other disciplines throughout the University. The Symphonic Band performs a wide range of orchestral transcriptions and original band compositions, representing various musical styles, and periods. Emphasis, however, is placed on the standard band literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. All students must pass an audition for membership in this highly select group of musicians.

2. Concert Band
The Concert Band is organized at the close of the football season. The Concert Band is open to all qualified students at Jackson State University that are interested in the study and performance of the literature for concert and symphonic bands.

3. Marching Band
The Jackson State University Marching Band is a direct outgrowth of the symphonic and concert bands. The marching band provides music for athletic events, selected parades and ceremonial occasions primarily during the Fall Semester. Also, as an academic class, the marching band serves as a laboratory experience for music education majors. The organization is open to all students at the University with the approval of the Director.

4. Jazz Ensembles I and II
Membership in Wind Ensemble or the consent of the Director is required to audition for the Jazz Ensemble. A very high level of musical execution is emphasized in this group.

5. Pep Band
The Pep Band is organized at the beginning of the Spring semester to provide spirited music at basketball games. The Pep Band will begin performing for games during the second week of classes during the Spring semester.

6. Percussion Ensembles
Membership in the Wind Ensemble or the consent of the Director is required to audition for this Ensemble. A very high level of musical execution is emphasized in this group.

7. Woodwind Ensemble
Membership in the Wind Ensemble or the consent of the Director is required to audition for this Ensemble. A very high level of musical execution is emphasized in this group.

8. Brass Ensemble

Membership in the Wind Ensemble or the consent of the Director is required to audition for this Ensemble. A very high level of musical execution is emphasized in this group.