Wright State University Band Conducting Staff
- Dr. David M. Booth, Director of Bands, Music Director & Conductor, Wind Symphony & Chamber Players
- Dr. Shelley M. Jagow, Associate Director of Bands, Music Director & Conductor, Symphonic Band
- Dr. Thomas Lukowicz, Conductor, Concert Band
- Dr. Brian Cashwell, Director, Jazz Ensemble
- David McKeever, Director, Varsity Pep Band
As a major component of a balanced curriculum of music performance, applied music, music history, music theory, and music education, the School of Music offers a wide range of performing ensembles.
These ensembles are open to all students at the university, regardless of major, and, in some cases, to community members.
Please follow these steps to prepare for the Band/Wind Ensemble Placement Auditions:
Print the Fall 2015 Band/Wind Ensemble Placement Audition instructions.
Click on the link for your major instrument, and download and print your excerpts.
- Fall 2015 Band/Wind Ensemble Placement Audition Instructions (PDF) (ALL STUDENTS: please download and print)
The School's premiere wind band, this ensemble performs original compositions and transcriptions for band and wind ensembles. Audition required.
The Wright State University Wind Symphony
Dr. David M. Booth, conductor
The Wright State University Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. David M. Booth, is the university’s most elite symphonic band organization. Its student members, typically comprised of approximately fifty music majors, are chosen annually by competitive audition. Representing WSU as the university’s premier wind band, the Wind Symphony performs the finest in symphonic wind repertoire, ranging from transcriptions to state-of-the-art original compositions.
Over the past decade the WSU Wind Symphony has become recognized across Ohio and the Midwest as one the region’s most outstanding collegiate band organizations. In 2000, the Wind Symphony conducted its first-ever international performance tour to Matsusaka, Japan, and Seoul, Korea, and recently returned for a second tour to Japan in June 2004.
In addition to annual tours, the ensemble performs for various conferences and events, including state conferences of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA).
Over the past five years, the Wind Symphony has performed under several internationally renowned guest conductors, including Timothy Foley, John Bourgeois, H. Robert Reynolds, Mallory Thompson, Frank Battisti, William Wakefield, and Frederick Fennell.
The ensemble, and its satellite organization, the WSU Chamber Players, perform at professional conferences and conventions across the country and abroad.
Membership in Wind Symphony is by audition only. If you wish to audition, please go to the Fall 2015 Band/Wind Ensemble Placement Audition.
Exploration of performance repertoire composed expressly for small wind ensemble. Works by such composers as Mozart, Strauss, Dvorak, Beethoven, and Stravinsky. Consent of conductor and student's applied instructor required.
The WSU Chamber Players
Dr. David M. Booth, conductor
The WSU Chamber Players, under the direction of David M. Booth, is a smaller ensemble comprised of players from within the Wind Symphony, performs chamber wind compositions calling for smaller forces. The number of performing musicians typically ranges from approximately eight to 24 players, depending on the work. Common repertoire for the Chamber Players includes masterpieces by such composers as Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Krommer, Brahms, Dvorak, Strauss, Hindemith and others.
Concert Band & Symphonic Band
Performs band music of all styles. Open to all students without an audition.
Symphonic Band: MUE 2660/4660 section 01 Director: Dr. Shelley Jagow
Concert Band: MUE 2660/4660 section 02 Director: Dr. Thomas Lukowicz
The Wright State University Symphonic Band and Concert Band are both performing wind bands open to all WSU students from a wide variety of fields of study within the university. The bands rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 - 3:20 pm in Room M152 and M162 in the Creative Arts Center. Each band performs at minimum one concert each semester with musical repertory ranging from pop concerts to wind band classics and contemporary compositions. In addition, a one-day off-campus tour performance is often organized at a high school within the greater Dayton area. All members interested in joining Symphonic Band (Concert Band Section 01) must complete a band placement audition during the first week of class in order to determine appropriate placement in either Symphonic Band (section 01) or Concert Band (section 02).
If you have further questions, go to the FAQs in "Concert Band & Symphonic Band" below, under "How do I prepare for my audition for Symphonic Band?" or contact Dr. Jagow at email@example.com.
How do I register for Band?
If you have recently performed in a quality high school band program, then you are probably more appropriate for placement in Symphonic Band (Section 01), which has a short audition requirement.
If you are just recently learning an instrument or have not played your instrument for several years, then you should register for Concert Band (Section 02), which has NO audition requirement.
I have another WSU class that does not end until 2:00 PM. Can I still play in the bands even though rehearsals begin at 2:00 PM?
YES. If you have a class until 2:00 PM, please ask your advisor to still register you for band. Many students have class until 2:00 PM and simply arrive a little late and enter rehearsals quietly. Your grade is not affected by late arrival from another class.
I don’t own my own instrument.
No problem. If you need an instrument in order to perform in one of the bands, you simply need to contact the director of the ensemble and they will help you in acquiring an instrument. There is no rental fee for WSU students using instruments in a WSU ensemble.
I joined Symphonic Band (Section 01) but now I find it too difficult and challenging for my level of playing. Can I switch to Concert Band (Section 02) instead?
YES. At any time you feel your playing skills are more appropriate for the other band, simply talk to your band director and they will help you transition to the other band.
How do I prepare for my audition for Symphonic Band?
If you are a non-music major, then download the audition music here and prepare it as best as you can for the first week of class. Auditions will be held on the first Tuesday and Thursday during regular course time 2:00 - 3:20 PM in Room M162. If you are a music major, then download the music found on the Band Auditions page for music majors, and watch for an email or postings at school to sign up for your audition time. Thus, music majors only have to audition ONCE by this method; your audition for Wind Symphony will also serve as your audition for Symphonic Band / Concert Band if you want to perform in both groups, please designate your indication to perform in both groups on your Band Audition form at your audition time.
Can I join the band in Spring semester if I didn’t play in Fall semester?
YES. At any time you can join the band!
Varsity Pep Band
Performs jazz, rock, and contemporary music at all home basketball games and for other campus activities. Audition required.
Varsity Pep Band
The Wright State University Raider Pep Band provides musical entertainment and spirit at home Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games as well as other select events around campus and the community. The ensemble, comprised of WSU students, performs traditional rock, high energy contemporary music, and cheers to help excite the crowd and drive the Raiders to another Horizon League Championship and NCAA berth. Members of the band receive free admission to all games performed, plus the opportunity to receive scholarship money. In 2008, select members of the band traveled with the Men’s Basketball team to Buffalo, New York for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament and every year the band travels for the Horizon League tournaments.
The band splits into "Green" and "Gold" bands of equal instrumentation to cover all the events and is made up flutes, clarinets, saxes, mellophones (F horn), trumpets, trombones, tubas, electric bass, and drum set. Membership is open to all WSU students, and is limited only by instrumentation, so sign up early to ensure a seat!
If you have any questions, please contact the Varsity Pep Band Director, David McKeever.
A jazz performance-oriented group. Students learn elements of ensemble execution, professionalism, jazz history, jazz styles, and jazz improvisation. Audition required.
Dr. Brian Cashwell, director
The Wright State University Jazz Ensemble is a 15-20 piece large ensemble open to all WSU students by audition. The group performs music ranging from early Duke Ellington through the most modern composers such as Gordon Goodwin and Jon Fedchock. The band performs multiple times each semester on campus. While the ability to improvise is strongly encouraged, the band is always looking for solid section players to contribute to the ensemble. Auditions are held each fall and subsequently when slots open up each semester. The instrumentation is 5 Saxes, 5 Trumpets, 4 Trombones (1 Bass), Tuba (if needed), and the rhythm section made up of Piano, Bass, Guitar and Drum Set. If you are interested in joining the Jazz Ensemble, please contact Dr. Cashwell.
Audition Music and Instructions for 2015/2016 Jazz Ensemble Auditions
Please contact Dr. Cashwell with questions.