Wind Studies offers performance opportunities to music majors and non-majors. With four concert ensembles and two athletic bands, any interested UNT student can find an ensemble to develop their musicianship, experience the excellence of the College of Music, and participate in the greater UNT community.
Internationally acknowledged as one of the premier ensembles of its kind, the North Texas Wind Symphony is selected from the most outstanding musicians attending the College of Music. The Wind Symphony has been highly acclaimed for “wonderful and artistically rendered performances which are elegant and polished,” and complimented for “terrific ensemble skills which embody a high degree of integrity and sensitivity.”
They have been praised for “stunning and inspirational recordings,” and for being an ensemble whose “enriching performances demonstrate their sheer joy of musicing.” Known for “admirable and adventurous programming, which personifies diversity and originality,” the group pursues a relentless commitment to American music. They have been called “an ensemble which is simply sensational, full of bristling energy, made up of players with a headlong, in-your-face virtuosity who play with an irresistible intensity and dynamism that makes you want to leap out of your chair applauding at the Coda.” The North Texas Wind Symphony pursues the highest professional standards and is determined to bring its audiences the finest artistic repertoire from all musical periods, cultures, and styles.
The Symphonic Band has developed an exemplary national reputation for both their performances and recordings. Membership is drawn from the finest musicians attending the College of Music. The highest quality traditional, mixed with contemporary literature make up the foundation of musical repertoire performed by the group. The ensemble is dedicated to playing outstanding and challenging works of diverse musical styles while furthering wind music of artistic and historical significance. The Symphonic Band has performed at the Southwest Regional College Band Directors National Association Convention as well as having released more than 15 CD recordings on the Mark, Klavier, GIA, and Eurosound labels. Critical comments include “Bravo…for a resplendent performance!”; “…played with great gusto by the ensemble”; “played with brilliance!”; “the elegant sonority of this marvelous band is apparent in the slow sections”; “The attention to detail, precise intonation, and beautiful phrasing make this a compelling performance”; “WOW! Absolutely stunning!”; “…what an incredible CD! An enormously valuable addition to the band world.”
The Wind Ensemble is dedicated to broadening the artistic level and interest of its members while performing challenging music of artistic and historical significance. The members of the ensemble are selected from the most talented musicians in the Wind Studies area. Through flexible instrumentation, members of the Wind Ensemble will broaden and expand performance skills to experience the highest level of music making.
Concert Band and University Band
The Concert Band and University Band foster the highest performance standards while offering its members an opportunity to expand their technical, intellectual, and musical horizons. The ensembles are open to any university student, although the majority of the players are selected from the most talented musicians in the College of Music. Through various demonstrations of flexible instrumentation, the ensembles allow the musicians to experience the highest levels of participation in the music making process. In addition, the groups seek to broaden performance and teaching skills through the programming of exemplary literature while fostering an interest in the band as an integral part of the American musical scene.
The Brass Band provides students with the unique opportunity to perform in one of the most widely known wind mediums throughout the world. Similar to the British Brass Band, the American Brass Band provides its members the opportunity to develop the highest standards of technical and musical playing. Emphasis is given to the development of tone quality, intonation, rhythm, and virtuosic technique through performance of a wide variety of literature, including masterwork transcriptions, traditional marches, and original works.
Green Brigade Marching Band
The Green Brigade Marching Band enjoys a reputation of excellence for high quality musical and visual performances. One of the most visible organizations on campus, the ensemble performs for over 150,000 audience members at a variety of athletic events throughout the year and is often the featured exhibition group at numerous marching festivals.
An integral component of any music education major's curriculum, the band provides ongoing opportunities for the development of leadership skills. The 400 member Green Brigade is a powerful contributor to the growth of the future band conductor and embodies the spirit and pride of the University of North Texas.
The North Texas Basketball Band performs for thousands of spectators every spring semester. This group of students serves as ambassadors of spirit and tradition at all home and conference tournament games. In addition to their support of the UNT men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Basketball Band makes numerous appearances at various university functions. The group of 30 members is open to all students by competitive audition held each fall.
The Volleyball Band performs at home women's volleyball games in the fall semester. The instrumentation fluctuates each year but includes a rhythm section and a wind section of 10-15 members.