Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble & Basketball Band
The Bower School of Music & the Arts wind bands are open to all students on campus regardless of major. Auditions take place in the Fall prior to classes beginning. The wind bands are the Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble & Basketball Band.
Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion ensemble placement auditions will take place Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16 in Rehearsal Hall 112 of the Bower School of Music building. To schedule an audition, click here to view the available times and email Dr. Yontz, Director of Bands, at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your preferred audition day and time. Then, review the audition procedure and prepare the audition music listed below. We look forward to having you with us!
The FGCU Wind Orchestra is one of the premier ensembles in the Bower School of Music and at Florida Gulf Coast University. The ensemble performs the most notable literature of the wind band medium including music for both chamber winds and large ensemble. Since forming in 2008, the FGCU Wind Orchestra has had the opportunity to premiere works for wind band by leading composers. The Wind Orchestra has performed at national venues including appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2015 and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2018. Every student in the ensemble is given the opportunity to learn from outstanding studio instructors who emphasize expressive musicianship and artistry. Please contact Dr. Timothy Yontz to audition for this ensemble. Audition procedure and pieces are listed below the 2019/2020 schedule.
Conductor: Dr. Timothy Yontz
The Symphonic Band is designed for both undergraduate music and non-music majors. The 60-member ensemble frequently performs significant band literature of varied musical styles and genres. Since its establishment in 2009, The Symphonic Band has garnered a reputation as a collegiate ensemble of noteworthy distinction. Membership in the ensemble is by instructor approval and a chair placement audition to occur the week prior to the start of classes in the Fall. The Symphonic Band is open to all University students regardless of degree. Please contact Dr. Timothy Yontz to audition for this ensemble. Audition procedure and pieces are listed below the 2019/2020 schedule. Please direct all other questions to Mr. Troy Jones.
Conductor: Mr. Troy Jones.
The Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned-based ensemble open to all students across the university. The Jazz Ensemble is one of the top collegiate ensembles in the Bower School of Music and has been featured at the Landings Music Festival, the Sanibel Jazz Festival, and is an EMMY nominated ensemble for best documentary on a collegiate program for higher education. The ensemble performs a variety of styles pertaining to the jazz idioms.
The FGCU Jazz Combo is a small chamber group composed of the top players in the Bower School of Music. In the past, this elite group has performed on several radio appearances and is highly recommended for various campus events and community events around the Southwest Florida region.
Conductor: Mr. Brandon Robertson
The Basketball Band is an auditioned ensemble open to all students across the university. The band performs for all of the FGCU men's and women's basketball home games and is an integral part of the excitement that is FGCU Basketball. The ensemble performs a variety of today's contemporary favorites and classic top 40s. The band also travels with the the teams during the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournaments and has made several appearances on national television.
Conductor: Mr. Brandon Robertson