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Rowan University Bands

Welcome to Rowan University Bands! We are proud to offer performance opportunities for students of any and all majors. Whether you are studying to become a professional musician, educator, engineer or psychologist, we hope that you will join one of our fine ensembles. Explore this page to learn more about our music, our musicians, and upcoming events.
In 2017-2018, we were excited to participate in the Department of Music's "Music of Social Justice" programming. All band concerts featured works inspired by social justice issues, and we performed the music of women and minority composers throughout the season. Click here for a full list of "Music of Social Justice" programming.
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Wind Ensemble
Joseph Higgins, conductor

The Wind Ensemble is the premier band of the College of Performing Arts at Rowan University. Its members are advanced and versatile musicians who perform the finest large ensemble and chamber music literature, including world premiere performances from today's most innovative and exceptional composers. Collaborative programming showcases our student-musicians interacting with Rowan's outstanding faculty and visiting guest artists from around the world. With each unique performance, audiences join the Wind Ensemble on a journey that uses music to explore a theme, idea, or place. Rehearsals are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:45pm.

For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Higgins via email:

Higgins Conducting

Concert Band (AKA "College Band")
Joseph Higgins, conductor

The Rowan University Concert Band is comprised of music majors as well as talented students from many other disciplines. Exploring a variety works for band, the ensemble prides itself in achieving a consistently high level of performance. Student-musicians share in the excitement of the creative process as they prepare two concerts each semester. All interested students are encouraged to contact the conductor for more information. NEW: Rehearsals are now held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-6:30pm.

Interested in joining us? We are always accepting new members on all winds/brass/percussion instruments! Please register for this course, or contact Dr. Higgins via email at to request more information.

Rowan University Concert Band performs a free campus concert outside the Chamberlain Student Center.

Explore our recently-concluded 2017-2018 Concert Season... and return soon for the announcement of our 2018-2019 season!

Thursday, October 19: Concert Band & Atlantic Brass Band

AUTUMN SKIES: Audiences are invited to open their ears and look to the autumn skies as the Concert Band presents Eric Whitacre's beautiful October, John Mackey's Lightning Field, Libby Larsen's fascinating An Introduction to the Moon, which weaves together poetry and atmospheric soundscapes. The concert also includes Ralph Vaughan Williams' Flourish for Wind Band. Learn more about Rowan University Artists-in-Residence, who will perform the second half of tonight's concert, by clicking here: The Atlantic Brass Band.

Saturday, October 28: Wind Ensemble & Philadelphia Wind Symphony

PHILADELPHIA VOICES: Launching a season of concerts that highlight women composers, this program presents three works written by women: Mysterium by Jennifer Higdon, Shadja-maalika by Asha Srinivasan, and the east-coast premiere of Broadloom by Philadelphian Kala Pierson. We will also perform Ankrovag Fanfare by Rowan composition professor Bruce Yurko. Two featured composers will be in attendance at the concert to speak with the audience and introduce their music. The Wind Ensemble is thrilled to share the stage with the Philadelphia Wind Symphony and their conductor, Paul Bryan. In the spirit of Halloween, the RUWE and PWS will combine forces for two dark and spooky tunes: Danse Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saens and Imperial March (from STAR WARS) by John Williams!

Thursday, December 7: Wind Ensemble

MR. TAMBOURINE MAN: For this performance, we hang up our tuxedos, throw on our favorite rock band t-shirts, and "crank it to eleven" for a concert of music inspired by Rock & Roll. Rowan instructor and jazz pianist Dean Schneider is featured on Shelley Berg's arrangment of the Beatles' Blackbird. Written by John Corigliano, Mr. Tambourine Man is a seven-movement masterwork for soprano soloist and wind ensemble that features the lyrics of seven songs by Bob Dylan: "Mr. Tabourine Man," "Clothes Line," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Masters of War," "All Along the Watchtower," "Chimes of Freedom," and "Forever Young." Our performance features mezzo-soprano Elisa Sutherland. We will continue the Wind Ensemble tradition of concluding our December concert with a few well-known holiday favorites.

Tuesday, December 12: Concert Band & Rowan University Brass Band

COURTLY AIRS: What better way to spend a cold night in December than with a concert that celebrates the sounds of the season! Concert Band selections include Shelley Hanson's Patapan and Ron Nelson's classic Courtly Airs and Dances, along with some Hannukah and Christmas favorites. This concert also features the Rowan University Brass Band.

Thursday, March 1: Concert Band & Chamber Ensembles

COALITION OF SOUND - The Music of Labor Equality: The concert begins with Louis Andriessen’s unforgettable Workers Union by the Rowan University Percussion Ensemble. Other chamber ensembles, including the Saxophone Quartet, perform music that celebrates workers’ rights and laborers' successes throughout history. The Concert Band then closes the program with John Mackey’s Foundry, Gustav Holst’s Song of the Blacksmith, and Elena Roussanova Lucas’ Harvesting the Fields of Russia.

Monday, March 5: Wind Ensembleposter

EL MURO - The Walls that Divide Us, The Music that Brings Us Together: Please join us for this eclectic program that celebrates the intercultural exchange of music and art. Denis DiBlasio, Rowan professor of jazz and composition, has composed a piece inspired by the poetry of Maya Angelou. The Wind Ensemble performs the world premiere of this new work, along with Ricardo Lorenz’s El Muro (“The Wall”). We are thrilled to be joined by both Ricardo Lorenz and composer Nicole Piunno, whose Autumn Air will also be premiered by the Wind Ensemble. Finally, Dr. Rie Suzuki performs Jonathan Leshnoff's new concerto for clarinet and winds, which was commissioned in part by Dr. Joseph Higgins and the Rowan University Wind Ensemble. 

Tuesday, April 24: Concert Band & Chamber Ensembles

MAMBO MACHINE: In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, the Concert Band performs selections from his 1961 musical West Side Story. The ensemble is also thrilled to present contemporary compositions for concert band and electronics, including Steven Bryant’s Machine Awakes and Alex Shapiro’s Tight Squeeze. This concert also features the Rowan University Brass Band.

Saturday, April 28: Wind Ensemble & Concert Choir

This culminating Music of Social Justice Series event features music focused on gender inequality and civil rights issues. The program includes Adolphus Hailstork's American Guernica, a musical meditation on the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, AL. We are also proud to present a premiere performance of Anthony Plog's Magdalene, a cantata inspired by a recovery center in Nashville, TN, for women survivors of human trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. This unforgettable concert features many special guest soloists, narrators, and composers. The Concert Choir is conducted by Dr. Christopher Thomas, and the Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Joseph Higgins.