Bands, Instrumental Ensembles and Choirs
Bands and Instrumental Ensembles
- Marching Ram Band
- Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds
- Woodwind Ensembles
- Jazz Ensemble
- Brass Choir
- Trumpet Ensemble
- Basketball Band
- Percussion Ensemble
- Flute Choir
- ASU Orchestra
- Chamber String 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 8:00-8:50 a.m. and TR 8:00-9:15 a.m.
Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds
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 ASU Chamber Winds is dedicated to broadening the artistic 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 and the Mesquite Trio.
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)
The ASU Basketball Band is a high-energy spirit ensemble that performs at all of the home basketball games for the Rams and Rambelles, plus other select community engagements. Students in the ensemble are selected through an audition process.
Although registration for this ensemble is limited to the spring semester, the Basketball Band may perform at home games scheduled during the latter half of the fall semester. Auditions are generally held the 3rd/4th week of classes in the fall semester with music for the audition posted one week prior; an announcement will be placed on Ramport in early September. For more information, contact the band’s director, Dr. Constance Kelley.
Basketball Band Personnel Form
The Percussion Ensemble features various percussionists with multiple degrees of experience. Each semester, the ensemble performs traditional and contemporary compositions with Western and Eastern influences.
Repertoire in the past four semesters have included works by William Kraft, Joel Morris, Steve Reich, John Cage and Bob Becker.
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.
The ASU Orchestra is an ensemble for musicians who play the violin, viola, cello and bass and is open to all members of the student body, faculty and staff. The ensemble performs music from various periods in history, from Baroque to Modern eras. The performance schedule consists of one or two concerts each semester as well as community outreach events.
No audition is required for membership, but it is recommended that interested musicians contact Dr. Maurice Kelley before enrolling. For more information, contact Dr. Maurice Kelley.
ASU Chamber Strings is a collective of small string ensembles such as trios, quartets, and quintets. It is open to all members of the student body, faculty, staff, and community by audition. The performance schedule varies from semester to semester but includes a recital, performance at selected university functions, and community outreach events. The group rehearses twice a week for 60 minutes.
Interested musicians should contact Dr. Maurice Kelley before enrolling. 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.