Michigan Tech University offers three opportunities for a band experience, Visual and Performing Arts Campus Concert Band, Huskies Pep Band, and Superior Wind Symphony.
Superior Wind Symphony
Register for: FA3401
A world of music and innovation in the Keweenaw Peninsula. The Superior Wind Symphony is the premier wind ensemble at Michigan Tech. Superior Winds concerts offer symphonic thrills, innovative programming, fruitful collaborations, and exciting premieres. These concerts feature music from the standard repertoire and often utilize innovative formats that include visual art, the spoken word, and dance. The ensemble makes its home in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, a hall acclaimed nationally for its acoustics and beauty. The ensemble is featured each year at the December Commencement and undertakes concert tours on behalf of the university throughout the Great Lakes region.
Superior Winds is comprised of select musicians, most of them students at Michigan Tech, who perform repertory representing a variety of historical and national styles. Remarkably, the ensemble is composed entirely of individuals who specialize professionally in fields other than music. Superior Winds musicians represent society's future architects, software designers, teachers, computer technicians, environmentalists, and engineers.
Musicians interested in performing with Michigan Tech Superior Winds are invited to attend the ensemble’s first rehearsals each semester (end of August and beginning of January). You will be provided with information about openings, auditions, and schedule. Students enrolled at Michigan Tech also receive a syllabus with course requirements. Michigan Tech students: you are encouraged to enroll in the course, FA3401, before your audition takes place. This reserves the Monday and Wednesday evening rehearsal times on your schedule should you make the group; if you do not, the course can always be dropped. If you discover you have a course conflict with some portion of the rehearsal times but still wish to participate, contact Mike Christianson.
Campus Concert Band
Register for: FA2402
No Audition Required
Requirements: Prior band experience, open to all wind and percussion instrumentalists
The Campus Concert Band plays a variety of traditional and contemporary concert band literature as well as popular works. It shares concerts with the Superior Winds Symphony on the stage of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. It also performs around the community at a variety of venues. If participation in the Campus Concert Band interests you, please go ahead and put FA2402 on your schedule when you register for the second semester. If your class schedule presents a conflict with any portion of rehearsal or you are an incoming student that would like to learn more about auditions ensembles, and music minors please contact Mike Christianson.
Duets, trios, quartets, quintets, and other Chamber Ensembles (FA4400) perform in recitals and at special events. No audition is required. You may form the ensemble yourself or ask to be put into an ensemble
Contact Advisor to schedule around rehearsals
No Audition Required
From its humble beginnings in 1928 as the Michigan Tech ROTC Band under the baton of E.E. Melville, the Michigan Tech Huskies Pep Band has grown to become one of the most recognized bands in all of college hockey. The Huskies Pep Band is open to any Michigan Tech student that likes it louder, faster, and higher! The first step is to tell your advisor as soon as possible that you would like to play in the pep band to avoid conflicts with rehearsals. Bassists and guitarists should contact Mike Christianson so appropriate accommodations can be made.
Practice rooms are available in both the Rozsa center and in the dormitories. There is no cost to use these spaces.
Please check the schedules in the individual spaces for when these rooms are available.
Instrument lockers are available to students playing in a Michigan Tech ensemble for $25 per year. Locks are provided. If you would like a locker, please contact Michael Christianson to make arrangements.
Need an Instrument?
Tubas, Percussion, Mellophones, Baritones, Bari Saxes, and Bass Clarinets are available. Limited numbers of other instruments are available on a first come first serve basis. Check schedule for check out time and dates. No charge.