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 for Fall 2021 will be done virtually via YouTube video submission.  You will record your audition, post it on YouTube, and email the link to Dr. Joel Neves by Friday, September 3.

Mark your YouTube video as "Unlisted" so it can be viewed by the conductor.  Space yourself at least six feet away from the phone/microphone for best audio fidelity.

Auditions will consist of the following:

1) One 3-5 minute piece (your choice) that challenges you and highlights your best abilities.  The piece should demonstrate tone, facility, and musicality.  This could be an etude, sonata, or challenging excerpt from a band piece.

2) Two required scales (your choice): one two-octave major scale and one two-octave chromatic scale. One optional scale [bonus points]: one two-octave octatonic scale.

3) Prepare one [1] excerpt for your chosen instrument from the following audition excerpts.

If you are accepted into the Superior Wind Symphony, your seat will be good for the entire 2021-2022 school year.

 

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 in the Spring 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.

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 email schedule@mtu.edu to make sure pep band fits into your first-semester schedule to avoid conflicts with rehearsals. Bassists and guitarists should contact Mike Irish so appropriate accommodations can be made.

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We're a rather...enthusiastic band, meaning we make a lot of noise. 116 decibels worth of it, in fact! At that level, your hearing is safe for less than 1 minute without protection. That's why we've paired up with EarPeace and their mission to save the world's hearing. As our official hearing protection partner, EarPeace is providing high-fidelity music earplugs to the Huskies Pep Band so they can bang, blow, or blast their instruments without fear of damaging their ability to hear the wonderful ruckus that they're producing. Learn more about the importance of healthy hearing.

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 Tanya Maki 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.