Music major ensembles:

Concert Bands open to music majors.

Symphony Band

The University of Michigan Symphony Band is a leader of the wind band movement in America and is known for its professional quality of performance and keen sense of “trailblazing” in building repertoire.. More information about Symphony Band can be found here.

Concert Band

Concert Band provides large ensemble performance experiences in a wide range of musical styles and periods for all wind and percussion performers at U-M. The music performed varies from term to term and is selected to provide a challenging opportunity for musical growth. More information about Concert Band can be found here.


Non-music major ensembles:

Concert Bands open to non-music majors (or music majors on secondary instruments)

University Band: 

Audition for placement. Repertoire consists of mainly grades 5 and 6 and is the more advanced of the non-major concert bands.

Campus Band: 

Playing assessment for part assignments only; everyone is welcome to play. Repertoire consists of grades 3 to 5.

Instrumentation: Both University and Campus Band ensembles use full wind ensemble instrumentation. Pianists and string bass players are encouraged to participate.

Campus Band Chamber Winds

Small chamber ensembles comprised of wind or percussion players. Ensembles rehearse weekly (with coachings from Dr. Frey) at a time/day that fits within the group members’ schedules.


FALL TERM INFORMATION Enrollment:

  • ENS 346.001 (#13323) - University Band; John Pasquale, instructor - Th 7:00–9:00 PM - audition required

  • ENS 346.002 (#34030) - Campus Band; Richard Frey, instructor - W 7:00–9:00 PM - playing assessment for seating required

Both concert bands are a class through the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Enrollment is required (please note: be sure to use these exact course numbers as the two music major bands use the title "University Band" with a 347 number).

Borrowing an Instrument: 

We encourage you to play your own instrument. However, if you need to borrow an instrument for the term, we can help you.

Audition for University Band: 

Students interested in University Band should enroll in ENS 346.001. Audition information is included in the following link. All interested students should submit this form. 

Submit Playing Assessment for Campus Band: 

Please use the following link after enrollment in ENS 346.002. All interested students should submit this form.

**Students interested in playing in both ensembles or either ensemble should ONLY submit a University Band audition & indicate that information on their form**

Informational Meeting: 

Campus Band will have an informational meeting on the first Wednesday of the term at 7:00 PM in Revelli Hall. University Band will have an informational meeting on the first Thursday of the term at 7:00 PM in Revelli Hall. Information will be sent out via Canvas. When you enroll, you will automatically be on the e-mail list and have access to everything you need.

Questions: 

If you have specific questions, please e-mail Dr. Frey, at rsfrey@umich.edu.


WINTER TERM INFORMATION Enrollment:

  • ENS 346.001 - University Band; John Pasquale, instructor - M/W 4:45–6:15 PM - audition required - 3–5 minute video of your best playing exhibiting contrasting styles

    • Concert repertoire difficulty: Medium Advanced - Difficult

  • ENS 346.002 - Campus Blue Band; Richard Frey, instructor - M/W 6:30–7:45 PM - All are welcome - playing assessment for seating required - 1–2 min video / full range chromatic scale

    • Concert repertoire difficulty: Medium - Difficult

  • ENS 346.003 - Campus Maize Band; instructor TBA - W 8:00–10:00 PM - All are welcome - playing assessment for seating required - 1–2 min video / full range chromatic scale

    • Concert repertoire difficulty level: Medium Easy - Medium Advanced 

    • Ensemble may also have interactions with students in Dr. Pasquale's Ensemble Pedagogy Techniques course

    • This ensemble is the best option for any student wishing to play a secondary instrument

  • ENS 346.004 - Campus Band Chamber Winds - meeting time/date TBA - any wind or percussion players interested in rehearsing and performing in small chamber ensembles should contact Dr. Frey (rsfrey@umich.edu) for more information

    • The ensembles will rehearse weekly (with coachings with Dr. Frey) at a time/day that fits within the group members' schedules

All concert bands are a class through the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Enrollment is required (please note: be sure to use these exact course numbers as the two music major bands use the title "University Band" with a 347 number).

Borrowing an Instrument: 

We encourage you to play your own instrument. However, if you need to borrow an instrument for the term, we can help you.

Audition for University Band: 

Students interested in University Band should enroll in the course to access audition materials on the Canvas site. Please use the following link after enrollment in ENS 346.001.

Submit Playing Assessment for Campus Bands: 

Please use the following link after enrollment in ENS 346.002 or ENS 346.003.

Informational Meeting: 

Maize and Blue Campus Bands and the University Band will have an informational meeting during their first class periods of the term in Revelli Hall. Information will be sent out via Canvas. When you enroll, you will automatically be on the e-mail list and have access to everything you need.

Questions: 

If you have specific questions, please e-mail Dr. Frey at rsfrey@umich.edu.