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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 are excited to participate in the Department of Music's "Music of Social Justice" programming. All band concerts feature works inspired by social justice issues, and we will highlight 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@rowan.eduWind Ensemble Rehearsal Photo

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.

Spring 2018: We are now 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 exciting 2017-2018 Concert 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. Join us at 8:00pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall.

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! Please join us at 8:00pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall.

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. Please join us at 7:30pm in Pfleeger Lobby for some pre-concert chamber music. The concert performance begins at 8:00pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall.

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. Please join us at 8:00pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall.

Looking Ahead... The Wind Ensemble will perform a feature concert - "Music of Social Justice" - with the Rowan University Concert Choir on Saturday, October 28, 2018. Save the date!