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 profoundly 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 the buses and
each student is given a meal allowance. When the band stays overnight, the University
pays the hotel/motel bill. 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.