Instrumental Ensembles

Instrumental ensembles

Brass Chamber Ensembles, 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, Woodwind Chamber Ensembles.

Video: Beginning clarinet with Dr. Amy McCann. Videos for flute, horn, sax, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and tuba are available on our playlist.

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Racer Marching Band

The 200-piece Racer Band is an exciting group made up of musicians from all curricula in the university (60-70% non-music majors). 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. For more information, visit www.racerband.com! The director of Racer Band is Brent Johnson

Racer Pep Band

Racer Pep Band starts meeting the last week in October each year. Contact Brent Johnson 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.

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)

Brent Johnson, Conductor
Part assignment auditions for Symphonic Band 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 Band meets Monday through Friday from 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm and performs two concerts each semester. Black attire is required for Symphonic Band.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Dr. Trae Blanco, 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

Dr. Trae Blanco, 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 8:30, and on Wednesday from 3:30 to 3:20. 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.

Percussion Ensemble

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.

Video: The Murray State Jazz Percussion Ensemble plays in the Performing Arts Hall

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