Bands

Bands HeaderKennesaw State University Wind Ensemble

Formed in 1996, the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble performs a diverse repertoire encompassing large works for band, wind ensemble repertoire, and chamber music. The KSU Wind Ensemble continues to lead in supporting and creating consortiums for the development of new music, which have included the creation of new works by Steven Bryant, Paul Dooley, Geoffrey Gordon, Zhou Long, David Maslanka, Michael Markowski, Carter Pann, Joel Puckett, James Stephenson, Christopher Theofanidis, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Joseph Schwantner. In addition, leading composers continue come to KSU in composer residencies and work directly with the Ensemble and its students. 

Because of KSU’s continued close relationship with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Opera Orchestra, collaborations and performances have resulted with many of those principal players. The KSU Wind Ensemble continues to serve as an important musical voice in the Atlanta Metropolitan area and has been featured frequently on 90.1 FM (WABE- Atlanta public radio). 

In 2012 and 2016 the KSU Wind Ensemble was a selected and featured ensemble at the Southern Division College Band Directors National Association Conferences, and in 2017, were featured at Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in Athens, Georgia. In addition, the KSU Wind Ensemble was the Winner of the 2013 American Prize for best wind ensemble/concert band performance in the United States, and in 2016, released its first professional recording under the Centaur recording label featuring the music of Chen Yi.

  • All KSU School of Music instrumental students are required to complete an ensemble placement audition at the beginning of Fall Semester each academic year. Based on these auditions, students will be placed in either the Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra rotation or the Wind Symphony/Philharmonic rotation.

    Depending on openings in the Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra rotation after Fall Semester, students may be selected to transfer from either the Wind Symphony or Philharmonic based on their performance in fall juries and recommendations by their studio teachers in consultation with the conductors of either the Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra.

  • Dr. David T. Kehler

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Kennesaw State University Wind Symphony

Dr. Daniel Lee, conductor

The KSU Wind Symphony (MUSI 1145/3345) offers music majors, minors, and non-music majors the opportunity to study, rehearse, and perform advanced literature for the wind band medium. This course may be repeated for lower-division credit. Membership in the Wind Symphony is by audition only and occurs at the beginning of the academic year, and prior to the start of the second semester. The course is taken for either 1 credit hour at both the lower or upper level, or 0 credit hours, offered at the upper level only (anyone may register for this, regardless of academic grade level).

The Wind Symphony serves as the 2nd music major ensemble and rehearses from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Tuesday and Thursday each week in Morgan Hall, Bailey Center.  

  • All KSU School of Music instrumental students are required to complete an ensemble placement audition at the beginning of Fall Semester each academic year. Based on these auditions, students will be placed in either the Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra rotation or the Wind Symphony/Philharmonic rotation.

    Depending on openings in the Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra rotation after Fall Semester, students may be selected to transfer from either the Wind Symphony or Philharmonic based on their performance in fall juries and recommendations by their studio teachers in consultation with the conductors of either the Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra.

  • Dr. Daniel Lee

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University Band

Kennesaw State University Band
Dr. Daniel Lee, conductor

The University Band (MUSI 1141/3341) offers student musicians from all majors and disciplines the opportunity to rehearse and perform wind literature in an ensemble setting.  There is no audition for membership in the University Band, but prior instrumental experience and a commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances is required of all participating musicians. The course can be taken for either 1 credit hour at both the lower or upper level, or 0 credit hours, offered at the upper level only (registration for this option is open to all, regardless of academic grade level). Additionally, this course can be repeated for lower-division credit.

The University Band rehearses every Monday from 6:30 PM – 9:15 PM in the KSU Marching Band Center, which is located at 3305 Busbee Drive NW, adjacent to the KSU Center. 

  • The University Band rehearses every Monday from 6:30 PM – 9:15 PM in the KSU Marching Band Center, which is located at 3305 Busbee Drive NW, adjacent to the KSU Center. 

  • Dr. Daniel Lee

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"The Marching Owls"
Kennesaw State University Marching Band

“The Marching Owls” began their inaugural season in the Fall of 2015 and consists of students from across campus representing almost all majors and degree areas on campus. Membership in the marching band is attained through audition.

  • For more information about the Kennesaw State University Marching Band and the philosophy, structure, and audition process for "The Marching Owls" visit:

    marchingowls.kennesaw.edu
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