We have a place for you!

The University of New Hampshire bands are open to all UNH students, regardless of major. Some groups require an audition in order to participate. Read on for more information.

Wildcat Marching Band and Beast of the East Pep Band

If you are going to be attending UNH this coming Fall and wish to be a member of the Wildcat Marching Band, then visit our forms page to fill out the participation form starting in June. You can register for Marching Band and Pep Band when you choose your courses this Summer, or add them during open registration. Many people participate in both athletic bands. Beast of the East Band rehearsals will be held during the same rehearsal time as Marching Band, so it won't add much to your schedule. New pep band members are welcome second semester. Are you on Facebook? Join this group for more information and to talk to current WMB members.

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band

An audition is required for membership in the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band and used for seating purposes in the Concert Band. Auditions for these bands will be held during the first week of classes in September. Audition information is available below during the Summer. Second semester, new members are welcome to join the Concert Band starting on the first Tuesday of classes.





2018 Wildcat Marching Band Important Info

Join the 2018 WMB Interest Group on Facebook!

Band Camp

  • Sunday, August 19th: Drumline, Colorguard, and WMB Council arrive
  • Tuesday, August 21st: Winds and Front Ensemble arrive
  • Band camp is required for all WMB members as we learn a very high percentage of material during this time
  • A detailed daily schedule will be available later this summer
  • We work around “Wildcat Days” events for first-year students
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Join Concert Band Second Semester

Do you miss playing your instrument? If you did not join Concert Band this past semester but would like to play now, we have a place for you! Personnel for the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band is set, but new members are always welcome in Concert Band.

Rehearsals start on January 3rd, but it may be possible to add after that date. Auditions are not required. Optional auditions for seating will be held on January 23rd in PCAC M108 following a brief meeting/rehearsal at 5:40.

Rehearsals are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:40-7:00pm in the Paul Creative Arts Center, room M226 ("the band room").

Concert band is a 1-credit course. Please register for MUSI 451 as soon as possible. This can be done after classes begin if needed.

If you would like to join, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the conductor, as soon as possible. See you soon!

A message from Mrs. Goodwin

Hello, Concert Band!

I'm excited to get started with you this semester. We will jump right in on Tuesday with our first rehearsal. If you are new this semester and would like to audition for seating, we will stop early on Tuesday to accommodate that.

Auditions are NOT required, but encouraged so we can be sure to place you on the appropriate part in your section.

Please be aware that second semester auditions are much less formal than in the fall. It will just be me in my office rather than a panel of all the conductors and the teacher of your instrument. Since I'm comparing you to people I heard about 5 months ago, I tend to place people more conservatively to be fair to those who have played for a semester. In some cases, I didn't hear the fall auditions (especially clarinets) due to my teaching schedule. Just giving you a heads-up. Please don't get too worked up about it. Like, I said, it's more to make sure you're on the appropriate part rather than to rank you.

If you would like to audition, please prepare something you like to play. Excerpts from a solo or etude are perfect but it's really up to you. Make sure it shows off your abilities. I may ask you to play a scale to demonstrate your range on the instrument if it isn't apparent enough from the prepared piece. It's not to drill your scale knowledge.

New members are VERY welcome. If you have a friend who used to be in band, convince them to come with you on Tuesday. It's a great way to meet people from all over campus, to reduce stress, and to make great music again. Most of the members of the Concert Band major in something other than music. If you are new to the group and/or are bringing a friend, please shoot me an email to let me know what instrument so I can approximate the setup and sheet music needs on Tuesday.

Please make sure you bring any mutes or other accessories you could potentially need for your instrument from home (oh, and your instrument!). Percussionists, bring any sticks and mallets you have.

See you soon!

2017-2018 Large Ensemble Audition Info


All University of New Hampshire Department of Music Ensembles are open to all students on campus. Some require an audition for acceptance, some audition for seating purposes only, and some have open enrollment. Don't give up music in college just because you are majoring in something else. Ensembles are a great way to meet people, blow off some steam, and continue your passion for making music. Band, Orchestra, Choir, Jazz, and more. We have a place for you!

Click here for EXCERPTS and SAMPLE PIECES (requires registration)

Symphony Orchestra (winds & percussion)
String Orchestra
Wind Symphony
Symphonic Band
Jazz Bands

(Open Enrollment)
Wildcat Marching Band *
Concert Band **
Beast of the East Pep Band *
Symphony Orchestra STRINGS **

Concert Choir ***
Chamber Singers
Opera Workshop
Jazz Choir

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Accepted Students

Acceptance letterCongratulations 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.

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