Wright State University Band Conducting Staff

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.

Fall 2018 Band/Wind Ensemble Placement Auditions

Please follow these steps to prepare for the Band/Wind Ensemble Placement Auditions:

Print the Fall 2018 Band/Wind Ensemble Placement Audition instructions.
Click on the link for your major instrument, and download and print your excerpts.
Audition excerpts:*


Wind Symphony

MUE 2690/4690/6690

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 2018 Band/Wind Ensemble Placement Audition.

Chamber Players

MUE 2490/449/6490

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.

Symphonic (Concert) Band

MUE 2660/4660/6660

Performs band music of all styles. Open to all students without an audition.

Symphonic (Concert) Band: MUE 2660/4660 section 01  Director: Dr. Shelley Jagow

The Wright State University Symphonic Band is a performing wind band open to all WSU students from a wide variety of fields of study within the university. The band rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 - 3:20 pm in Room 190 in the Creative Arts Center. The 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. 

If you have further questions, go to the FAQs in "Symphonic (Concert) Band" below, under "How do I prepare for my audition for Symphonic Band?" or contact Dr. Jagow at


  • How do I register for Band?

    Simply register for MUE 2660 (if you are a FR or SO), or MUE 4660 (if you are a JR or SR), or MUE 6660 (graduate students).

  • 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.

  • Is there an audition required to be a member of the Concert/Symphonic Band?
    There is NO audition required to be a member of Concert/Symphonic Band, but there will be seating placement assessments. If you prefer to not even play a seating placement and are fine with whatever seating the director assigns to you, then simply let the instructor know the first week of class. 
    Otherwise, please download the seating assessment music for your instrument below and prepare it as best as you can for the first week of class. Placements will be held on the first Tuesday and Thursday during regular course time 2:00 - 3:20 PM in Room M190. 
  • 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

MUE 2670/4670/6670

Performs jazz, rock, and contemporary music at all home basketball games and for other campus activities. Audition required.

Varsity Pep Band
Stephen Monath

(937) 775-2346

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 Stephen Monath.

Jazz Ensemble

MUE 2680/4680/6680

A jazz performance-oriented group. Students learn elements of ensemble execution, professionalism, jazz history, jazz styles, and jazz improvisation. Audition required.

Jazz Ensemble
Dr. Brian Cashwell, director
(937) 775-2346

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

Jazz Band Audition Information (PDF)

Please contact Dr. Cashwell with questions.