Bands, Instrumental Ensembles and Choirs
- Marching Ram Band
- Wind Ensemble
- Symphonic Band
- Woodwind Ensembles
- Jazz Ensemble
- Brass Choir
- Trumpet Ensemble
- Basketball Pep Band
- Percussion Ensemble
- Flute Choir
- Symphony Orchestra
- Chamber String Ensemble
- Double Bass Ensemble
Choirs and Opera/Music Theatre
Marching Ram Band
The Marching Ram Band heightens the competitive atmosphere at football games through a display of school spirit and entertaining performances. The Ram Band is the largest student organization on campus and offers its students the opportunity to develop life skills through teamwork and leadership, both on campus and beyond. In addition to performing at all home football games, the band generally travels to one away game each year.
Regularly scheduled rehearsals are MWF 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
The Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental performing ensemble at the university. It educates its members and audiences by performing music literature of the most renowned composers and arrangers.
This auditioned ensemble presents four major concerts each year and often features faculty, student and guest soloists.
The Symphonic Band is dedicated to broadening the creative level and interest of its members while performing music of artistic and historical significance. No audition is required.
Woodwind ensembles at ASU are the Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, and Woodwind Quintet.
Performance in the Jazz Ensemble is central to the jazz emphasis at ASU. Meeting three times a week, the Jazz Ensemble rehearses and performs a variety of jazz styles, including swing, be-bop, fusion and contemporary settings. Participation in this ensemble prepares students for performances in the world of jazz and commercial music.
Crucial to the jazz program is a concentrated emphasis on improvisation, the utmost expression of personal musical creativity. All students participate in regular “combo sessions” so that they experience improvising with a rhythm section. Students delve into the intricate mixture of melody, harmony and rhythm on which their musical ideas are based.
The Jazz Ensemble offers student performers the opportunity to study a wide variety of jazz music, from the early days of its New Orleans birthplace to today’s jazz greats. ASU is proud to offer performances in this uniquely American art form.
The Brass Choir is a brass chamber ensemble for trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba performers. The ensemble performs masterwork literature from the 16th through the 20th centuries in some of the most appealing venues for brass performance in San Angelo and the surrounding Concho Valley.
This ensemble is open to both music major and non-music major brass players. No audition is required for membership. The Brass Choir performs each semester during the notable “Night of Brass” concert along with other smaller brass chamber ensembles. Rehearsal time for the Brass Choir is 1-1:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Other brass chamber ensembles in the department include the Trumpet Choir, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble and Brass Quintet.
For more information, visit Dr. John Irish’s website, Brass at ASU.
The Trumpet Ensemble prepares repertoire that span a variety of musical styles. The ensemble fosters an appreciation for teamwork and promotes the enjoyment of playing the trumpet.
The Trumpet Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. John Irish and performs regularly in concert as well as in collaboration with nationally known performers. The group is open to all trumpeters.
Visit these websites to learn more about the Trumpet Ensemble:
- Sicut Servus by Giovanni Palestrina (arr. J. Irish)
- Lumen by Frederick Speck
- March for the Ark by C.P.E. Bach (arr. Edward H. Tarr)
Basketball Pep Band
The ASU Basketball Pep Band is a high-energy spirit ensemble that performs at all of the home basketball games for the Rams and Rambelles, plus other select university and community engagements. Students in the ensemble are selected through an audition process held in early September. For more information, contact Dr. Gordon Hicken.
Basketball Band Personnel Form
Under the direction of Dr. Gordon Hicken, the Angelo State University Percussion Ensemble (ASUPE) performs a wide repertoire of music written specifically for percussion instruments. The ensemble consists of students with varying degrees of percussion experience, and membership is open to any current ASU student with a background in percussion. ASUPE performs two on-campus concerts each year in addition performances at public schools and community events.
The ASU Percussion Ensemble is committed to providing members with a high-quality performance environment as well as producing entertaining and educational programs for our audience. ASUPE concerts regularly present a variety of musical selections that represent various styles and instrumentations, including landmark percussion ensemble compositions, works appropriated for percussion ensemble, music from cultures around the world, and cutting-edge new music. Programs include works by John Cage, Glenn Kotche, Anthony Cirone, Steve Reich, Michael Colgrass, Ivan Trevino, David Skidmore, Russell Hartenberger, Jeffrey Smith, and Blake Tyson; as well as arrangements of original compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Joseph Hellmesberger, and Pat Metheny.
Please contact Dr. Gordon Hicken if you are interested in the ASUPE!
The Flute Choir is directed by Dr. Constance Kelley and is open to all members of the student body who play the flute and seek a venue for musical expression through teamwork.
Repertoire for this ensemble is selected from standard literature, transcriptions and new compositions as well as from arrangements for the flute family.
The Flute Choir performs in regularly scheduled Woodwind Chamber Ensemble concerts and in community outreach efforts. For more information, contact Dr. Constance Kelley.
Under the direction of Dr. Maurice Kelley the Angelo State University Symphony Orchestra provides exceptional training and experience for student musicians. The ensemble performs standard orchestral masterworks as well as modern literature. Through concerts and educational programs the symphony fosters an appreciation for music and enriches the community. The symphony performs one or two concerts each semester along with various community and university outreach events.
The ensemble is open to musicians regardless of their academic major. Auditions for woodwinds, brass, and percussion are held during the first week of each semester. Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass) with previous playing experience may enroll without an audition. Scholarships for all orchestral instruments are available by audition. For more information contact Dr. Maurice Kelley.
Angelo State University’s Chamber Strings is a collective of musicians who form small string ensembles to support the university, community, and charitable organizations throughout the Concho Valley. This ensemble recognizes the intrinsic ability of music to improve the human condition. The purpose of the ensemble is to engage the broader community in a manner that will instill pride in our institution, and to develop musicians who can continue to make a positive contribution to their communities after graduation regardless of their academic major.
The ensemble is open to strings (violin, viola, cello, bass) and piano by audition. The performance schedule varies from semester to semester and includes recitals, performances at selected university functions, and community outreach events. Interested musicians should contact Dr. Maurice Kelley before enrolling. For more information contact Dr. Maurice Kelley.
Double Bass Ensemble
The Double Bass Ensemble gives bass players the opportunity to stretch their skills and perform as members of a unique ensemble. The group performs once or twice each semester for special events. For more information contact Dr. Maurice Kelley.
This group is a large mixed ensemble open to any student, regardless of major. No audition is required.
The Concert Chorale comprises 80-100 singers representing nearly every department on campus. The ensemble presents two concerts each semester and performs a wide array of literature, including a major work with orchestra each year.
Rehearsals are from 1-1:50 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
The Chamber Singers is a small, mixed ensemble consisting of 24-36 outstanding vocalists. It performs a repertoire that encompasses a broad range of styles and languages. Membership is by competitive audition.
Rehearsals are from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. This group also serves as the leadership core of the Concert Chorale in rehearsal and performance.
Opera/Music Theatre Workshop
The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop focuses on the study of singing and acting techniques through the use of scenes taken from opera and music theatre literature. This workshop focuses on ensembles, quartets, trios and duets as well as solo material. Students are selected by audition. Both music majors and non-music majors are welcome.