Congratulations on your acceptance to UNH! We're looking forward to having you with us this fall and hope you'll join one or more of the bands. Our ensembles are not just for music majors. In fact, the Wildcat Marching Band, Beast of the East Band, and Concert Band are made up primarily of non-music majors. If you want to perform, we have a place for you.
This non-competitive event will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. Seven high school bands from New England will be participating. This year we are honored to have with us guest composer/conductor Dr. Timothy Mahr, professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. During the course of the day, the ensembles will receive a forty-minute clinic from UNH Director of Bands Andrew Boysen on any piece of their choosing and a forty-minute clinic from Dr. Mahr on a piece of his that they have chosen (we hope that the opportunity to work with the actual composer on his own music will strengthen the experience for the students). The bands will also have the opportunity to observe clinics with other visiting bands, an opportunity that is rare these days, especially in a non-competitive and supportive environment. Finally, our UNH Wind Symphony will perform a concert (including some of Dr. Mahr's Symphony No. 1) for all participating ensembles in the middle of the day.
Ensembles are not expected to have music prepared at a festival level, and performances will not be adjudicated. It is our hope that the students will benefit from the clinics at any stage of their preparation for performance.
Find out how to join each of the UNH Bands by clicking "JOIN!" at the top of the page. The UNH Bands are open to all students, regardless of major. Some groups require an audition. You can find information about auditions on the "JOIN!" page. The deadline to sign up for the Wildcat Marching Band is Monday, July 23rd, so we can assure your housing will be available for Band Camp. The 2013 WMB Band Camp starts on Tuesday, August 20th (Sunday, August 18th for Colorguard, Drumline, and WMB Council members).
Due to ongoing stadium construction and seating limitations, the University of New Hampshire Wildcat Marching Band will be unable to host a Band Day this year, so the Wildcat for a Day program is returning! We anticipate Band Day to return when we open the new stadium in 2016.
The Wildcat Marching Band invites outstanding high school marching band members to be a Wildcat for a Day. Students will observe the game day rehearsal, eat dinner with the band, and play with the WMB during the football game. Guard members are welcome to join us as well, and will learn the carriage to one of our tunes.