There are numerous performance opportunities in the OSU Music Department. Participation is open to both music majors and non-music majors, and placement is determined by audition.
Dr. Joseph P. Missal, conductor
The University Wind Ensemble is the premier performing organization in the Oklahoma State University Band Program. Using a player-pool concept, the 50-member ensemble joins in various combinations to present the best in exciting and diverse wind music. Repertoire may range from a classical octet to a one-on-a-part performance of a major band work. Recent performances for conventions of the All-Japan Band Directors Conference, the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Sonneck Society, the Percussive Arts Society, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma have earned the Wind Ensemble international acclaim.
Dr. Douglas Henderson, conductor
The Symphonic Band, an organization of approximately 80 musicians selected by audition, is made up of music majors as well as talented students from other disciplines. Exploring traditional large band repertoire, transcriptions, and contemporary works, the group maintains an active performance schedule. The Symphonic Band enjoys a fine reputation as a group committed to the highest musical standards.
Cowboy Marching Band
Dr. Douglas Henderson, director
The Cowboy Marching Band, nearly 300 members strong, is the premiere musical ambassador of the OSU Music Department. The full CMB performs for all OSU home football games, regularly playing in front of 40,000 people.
Dr. Marc Sosnowchik, director
The OSU Spirit Band performs for OSU Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Wrestling. OSU has accumulated 48 NCAA National Championships, the fourth-most in NCAA history. Only Stanford, USC and UCLA own more national titles. Participation in Spirit Band gives you a front row seat for some of these historic events.
Jazz Ensembles I & II, Jazz Combos
Dr. Tommy Poole, director
Jazz Ensemble I is a twenty piece jazz big band that performs on and off campus. The ensemble has recently performed at the Oklahoma State Convention of the International Association of Jazz Educator’s and as an honor ensemble at the Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association Convention. The ensemble has performed with guest artists such as Randy Brecker, Gregg Bissonette, Andy Martin, Ben Patterson, Wayne Bergeron, Conrad Herwig, Ryan Haines, and Allen Beeson.
Jazz Ensemble II is a twenty piece jazz big band that performs campus concerts.
Jazz Combos offer a chamber setting to arrange and perform tunes and improvise.
Dr. Thomas Dickey, conductor
The OSU Orchestra Program consists of the OSU Symphony Orchestra and the newly formed Chamber Orchestra. The OSU Symphony Orchestra is open to both music majors and non-music majors by audition. The orchestra maintains a dynamic and varied performance schedule that includes repertoire spanning the late Baroque era through the music of today. The Chamber Orchestra provides advanced students the opportunity to perform orchestral literature in a more intimate setting alongside OSU music faculty.
Trumpet ensembles are an integral part of the OSU Trumpet studio and include everything from quintets up to a large trumpet ensemble of 16-20 players. These groups play for campus, regional and national events and competitions.
Chamber music is an essential element of music education as players get an opportunity to play solo lines yet still work together as a small ensemble. Brass quintets are coached by members of the brass faculty and perform for campus, regional and national events.