The UW-Milwaukee Band program consists of four performing ensembles, the Wind Ensemble, the Symphony Band, the University-Community Band, and the Panther Pep Band. Students who participate in the bands present cutting-edge programming in concerts both on campus and in the community. Through recordings, commissioning projects, conference performances, and guest artist residencies, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Band Program has distinguished itself as a leader in the field. Committed to student excellence and serving the needs of students, the band program remains an active part of student life at UWM.
In addition, the band area sponsors one of the longest running and most respected Youth Wind & Percussion Ensemble programs in the country.
Wind Ensemble is open by audition to all graduate and undergraduate students at the university during the first week of fall semester. Audition requirements include a standard solo of your choice (approximately 3 minutes), excerpts from band and orchestral repertoire (found below), and sight-reading.
Symphony Band is open by audition to all graduate and undergraduate students at the university during the first week of fall semester. Audition requirements include a standard solo of your choice (approximately 3 minutes). For music majors & minors, additional band and orchestral excerpts (found below) and sight-reading may be required.
University Community Band does not require a formal audition. However, participants are asked to perform a short placement audition to determine part assignments at the beginning of each semester.
Panther Band is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in ensembles in the UWM Department of Music. Panther Band is typically organized in October each year, and first-year woodwind/brass students are required to audition. Audition information is distributed through ensemble class meetings (rehearsals). Rhythm section positions (drums & bass) are appointed by the director(s). Additionally, veteran members are annually re-affirmed by the director(s).
To request additional information or if you have any questions, contact the appropriate ensemble director or submit the Ensembles Interest Form.
The 2021-22 Audition Forms and Audition Excerpts for UW-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, and Wind Ensemble are listed below (available around August 1 each year):
The Wind Ensemble is the premier concert band in the Peck School of the Arts and has been recognized nationally and internationally through recent invitations to perform at major music conferences. Emphasizing the single performer concept, the Wind Ensemble uses only players needed for a given piece, thus providing the greatest exposure for the exceptional musician.
Members of the Wind Ensemble have performed for a distinguished list of guest composers including Vincent Persichetti, Karel Husa, Samuel Adler, Fisher Tull, John Mackey, Joseph Schwantner, Frank Ticheli, Warren Benson, Michael Colgrass and Ron Nelson. Noted conductors who have led performances include Craig Kirchhoff, James Croft, Jack Delaney, Mark Scatterday, Lucian Calliet, and Colonel John R. Bourgeois among others.
Recognized for their innovative programming, the Wind Ensemble has performed for a number of prestigious conferences including 16th International Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in San Jose, CA, the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) in Greensboro, NC, and the North Central Divisional Conference of the College Band Directors National Association at Central Michigan University.
Course Information & Rehearsal Schedules
Wind Ensemble meets M/W/F from 1:30-3:15 p.m.
Please visit the UWM Schedule of Classes to explore specific details regarding your appropriate course number: MUSIC 42 (music major), MUSIC 342 (non-major), 789 (graduate student)
The Symphony Band ranks as one of the finest of its kind, having collaborated with a number of distinguished composers and performers throughout the past three decades. Comprised primarily of music majors, the ensemble provides a wide range of repertoire and performs approximately six concerts each year. The Symphony Band is also involved in educational clinics, commissioning projects and can be heard along-side the UWM Wind Ensemble on several compact disc recordings.
Course Information & Rehearsal Schedules
Symphony Band meets M/W/F from 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Please visit the UWM Schedule of Classes to explore specific details regarding your appropriate course number: MUSIC 40 (music major), MUSIC 340 (non-major), 740 (graduate student).
University Community Band (UCB)
The University Community Band (UCB) is a concert band open to community members ages 18+ and students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Musicians under 18 may be accepted by permission of the instructor. There is no formal audition for membership, but previous experience on a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument is required. The band performs one concert each semester and the repertoire includes both standard and contemporary band literature. Instruments are required at the first rehearsal.
Rehearsals: Mondays, September 13 – December 6 | 7–9:20 p.m.
Concert: Monday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.
Rehearsals: Mondays, January 31 – May 2 | 7–9:20 p.m.
Concert: Monday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
To enroll, first-year and transfer students can register through their advisor during the summer New Student Orientation session. Returning students may self-enroll using their PAWS account. Music majors cannot take this ensemble in place of their assigned ensemble.
- MUS 30 – undergraduate students (1 credit, non-majors)
- MUS 334 – undergraduate students (3 credits, non-major, fulfills GER requirement with additional assignments)
- MUS 730 – graduate students (1 credit)
Community members should register through the School of Continuing Education. Registration is $99 (Osher members pay $89). After September 13 it’s $109.
UWM Panther Basketball Band
The UWM Panther (Pep) Band performs at each home Men’s and Women’s Basketball games. Membership is open to any student by audition, and who is also enrolled in any Department of Music large ensemble. Panther Band regularly travels for the Horizon League and NCAA National Basketball Championships. In addition to performing at games, students earn a stipend for each service they perform with Panther Band!