With a goal of being one of the finest ensembles of its kind, the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble is comprised of the most exceptional graduate and undergraduate instrumentalists attending the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. The ensemble is dedicated to deliver artistic performances that are both eloquent and meticulously prepared. A significant amount of attention is placed on the innovative programming process, an approach that exemplifies the uniqueness of the Memphis area by highlighting the rich diversity of a distinctive community. The quest of the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble is to achieve the highest degree of professionalism possible, and to bring its audiences the finest artistic repertoire regardless of the period, or style. The Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Albert Nguyen, director of bands and area coordinator for wind studies.
The Symphonic Band performs the masterwork grade five and six wind literature designed for the rich sonorities of an expanded instrumentation. The Symphonic Band pursues excellence in rehearsal and performance, and provides its audiences a varied repertoire from all musical periods, cultures and styles. Auditions are held each semester and participants receive one hour of undergraduate credit. The Symphonic Band rehearses two days per week each semester.
The University Band is conducted by band graduate assistants. This group performs a wide range of literature including standard band literature, transcriptions and new music. Students are not required to audition for this band, which meets one day per week. Participants, who are mostly non-music majors, receive one hour of undergraduate credit. For more information, contact the band office at 901.678.2263.
Mighty Sound of the South
The Mighty Sound of the South Marching Band is a group of 220 to 240 members. They perform for all home games and two away games each fall. Membership is gained upon the satisfactory completion of a playing audition, which may be scheduled by calling the band office. Talent based scholarships are available by audition to all members. School instruments are available for a rental fee of $25.00 per semester. There is no uniform rental fee. When the band travels, the University pays for bus transportation and each student is given a meal allowance. When the band stays overnight, the University pays the hotel/motel accommodations. Marching band members receive two hours academic credit for the fall semester. Band Camp is usually held two weeks before classes begin for the fall semester. Rehearsals are held on campus and out of country/out of state students are housed in dormitories on campus during camp. The marching band performs three different halftime shows each fall in addition to the traditional pre-game show. All University of Memphis home games are played at the Liberty Bowl Stadium.