Instrumental Ensembles

The Murray State Symphonic Orchestra performs at the 2015 Fall Fanfare concert. Dennis Johnson conducts. Visit our YouTube channel for more.

Instrumental Ensembles include:

Brass Chamber Ensembles
Concert Band
Guitar Ensemble
Jazz Band
Jazz Combo
Jazz Lab
Jazz Orchestra
New Music
Pep Band
Percussion Ensemble
Racer Band
String Chamber Orchestra
Symphonic Band
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
Trombone Ensemble
Woodwind Chamber Ensembles

Concert Band

Concert Band meets on Monday and Wednesday at 3:30pm. There is no audition required for admission however a facility on an instrument to perform music at a grade 4 level is necessary. The ensemble performs just once a semester and is conducted by Dennis Johnson, John Fannin, Todd Hill and graduate conducting students.

Racer Marching Band

The 244-piece Racer Band is an exciting group made up of musicians from all curricula in the university (60-70% non-music majors). Students in the marching band receive a stipend in recognition of their contributions to the university. The Racer Band annually performs at all Murray State home football games, local parades, and off-campus marching band festivals. The highlight of each Racer Band season is hosting the Murray State Festival of Champions marching competition. Click here to get answers to the most asked questions. For more information, visit www.racerband.com - created and maintained by Racer Band members! The director of Racer Band is John Fannin.

Racer Pep Band

This ensemble starts meeting the last week in October each year. Contact John Fannin for more details. This is a volunteer group. There is a small stipend for those who finish the season successfully. Travel to OVC tournament and NCAA are also possible for successful members. Click here for more information.

String Chamber Orchestra

Dr. Sue-Jean Park, Conductor
This ensemble meets spring semester only. Tuesday, 3:30 pm - 5 pm and performs one concert in spring semester. Contact Dr. Sue-Jean Park for more details.

Symphonic Band (2nd Concert Band)

John Fannin, Conductor
Part assignment auditions for Symphonic Band are held at the beginning of the spring semester. Audition information is posted in the Department of Music on the 3rd and 5th floors of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. Symphonic Band meets Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 4:50 pm and performs two concerts each semester. Black attire is required for Symphonic Band.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Dennis Johnson, Conductor
Auditions for Symphonic Wind Ensemble are held at the beginning of each semester. Audition information is posted in the Department of Music on the 3rd and 5th floors of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. Symphonic Wind Ensemble meets Monday through Friday, 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm and performs two or three concerts each semester. The wind ensemble also makes state, national, and international tours. Black formal attire is required for both ensembles.

Symphony Orchestra

Dennis Johnson, Conductor
Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. Audition information is posted in the Department of Music, Doyle Fine Arts Building on the 3rd and 5th floors. The Symphony Orchestra meets on Monday from 6:30 to 8:20, and on Thursday from 2:30 to 3:50. Two to three concerts are given per semester. Concert attire consists of tuxedos, for men; and either a black dress or a black blouse and long black skirt, for women.

Percussion Ensemble

Dr. John Hill, Conductor
The Murray State Percussion Ensemble is made up of percussion majors and minors. Percussionists may perform on up to three percussion-specific concerts per year: Mallet Music (a marimba and vibraphone focused concert in the Performing Arts Hall), The Murray State Percussion Ensemble (a larger scale, instrumentally diverse concert in Lovett Auditorium), and the Jazz Percussion Quintet (a small combo featuring Mallet Kat). For more information email Dr. John Hill or visit the Facebook page.

The Murray State Jazz Percussion Ensemble plays in the Performing Arts Hall. Visit our YouTube channel for more.