Visual and Performing Arts

Bands

Michigan Tech University offers three opportunities for a band experience, Visual and Performing Arts Campus Concert Band, Huskies Pep Band, and Superior Wind Symphony.

Musicians playing trombones.

Superior Wind Symphony

Register for: FA3401
Audition Required

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 undertakes concert tours on behalf of the university throughout the Great Lakes region.

Superior Winds is an auditioned ensemble of winds and percussion that performs the music of composers spanning five centuries, living and not, from all genders, ethnicities and genres. Also, SWS performs premiers, sometimes feature soloists from with the band, and invites renowned guest conductors and performing artists to work with us. Frank Battisti, Bill Berz, and Scott Robinson have recently been our guests.

Auditions take place the day before fall semester begins. If you are successful, your seat will be good for the entire academic year and you will be given permission to register for the course. If the need arises, special mid-year auditions may occur at the conductor's discretion. Auditions for SWS are ten minutes at maximum and will consist of three components:

  1. A short prepared piece demonstrating tone and instrumental facility. This could be a portion of a concert or sonata, an etude or a challenging excerpt from a band piece.
  2. Two scales are required from major-2 octave and chromatic.
  3. You will be given a small amount of time to study before you perform a short sight-reading excerpt.

If you discover you have a course conflict with some portion of the rehearsal times but still wish to participate, contact Mike Christianson.

FA 3401 - Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony is a concert wind ensemble of variable size and instrumentation for students with a serious interest in musical performance at a high level. Features a comprehensive approach to the literature to be performed, including study of composers and historical background. Audition required.

  • Credits: 1.0; May be repeated
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required

Student playing the flute

Campus Concert Band

Register for: FA2402
No Audition Required
Requirements: Prior band experience, open to all wind and percussion instrumentalists.
Semester: Spring

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 Wind 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 auditioned ensembles, please contact Mike Christianson.

FA 2402 - Campus Concert Band

The Concert Band provides the opportunity for students to pursue an interest in instrumental performance through the medium of a concert wind band. Repertoire of the ensemble includes music of the highest calibre with moderate technical demands. Open to students with prior experience in a band or orchestra. May be used once as a general education co-curricular course.

  • Credits: 1.0; May be repeated; Graded Pass/Fail Only
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring

Pep Band

Huskies Pep Band

No Audition Required
Contact Advisor to schedule around rehearsals

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 Available

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

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.