Wildcat Marching Band
The University of New Hampshire Wildcat Marching Band, or "WMB," has a tradition of being one of the most spirited organizations on campus. Made up of students from the entire campus, with majors ranging from music education and performance to mechanical engineering and equine science, the WMB performs at all home football games and several other regional exhibitions and parades. Membership in the WMB is open to ALL students regardless of experience level. In fact, a majority of the band members are non-music majors and the band's GPA is consistently above the university average.
The season begins one week before classes start with band camp. After band camp, the band rehearses every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 8 PM. The WMB also meets Saturday mornings when there are home games to refine the show and go over the details for the day.
After rehearsals and games, many band members hang out and do social things together. Friendships are formed that last for life.
Wildcat Marching Band Alumni
If you are a former member of the Wildcat Marching Band, we encourage you to stay in touch with us! Alumni are invited to play in the Alumni Band at the Homecoming football game each year, and we are hoping to have special alumni events every few years.
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- Wildcat Marching Band Alumni
Beast of the East Band
The UNH Beast of the East Pep Band is a very visible spirit ensemble that performs at men's and women's hockey and basketball games during the winter sports season. Performances begin in October and run through April, including playoff games. Generally, the Beast of the East Band as a whole is divided into three smaller bands, and each band is assigned to play an equal number of games. The pep band has traveled all over the Northeast and as far away as Minnesota and California for playoff games.
The Beast of the East Pep Band is a course, for which members earn 0 or 1 credit per semester. Rehearsals begin on a limited basis during marching band season in the fall, and on a weekly basis when the marching band season ends. When classes begin in January, the band resumes regular weekly rehearsals. These are generally on Monday evenings from 6:10 to 8:00 PM.
The UNH Winterguard, instructed by Joe Meallo, gets together on Sundays from 12:00 to 2:00 PM in New Hampshire Hall during the Spring Semester. It is currently set up as a place to develop and hone skills with equipment and dance, rather than to put on a show. All are welcome!
For more information, see below.
- Wildcat Marching Band
The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen, is the select wind ensemble consisting of approximately 45 instrumentalists. They perform a wide range of music for winds, from small chamber ensembles to full band literature. Works are generally quite difficult and include both classics and contemporary music in the repertory. Wind Ensemble rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Auditions for membership are held in the fall.
The Symphonic Band is a large ensemble that plays a wide range of serious concert music that encompasses traditional band literature, transcriptions and more recent works for winds. Symphonic Band is open by audition each fall. Conducted by professor Mark Zielinski, the Symphonic Band rehearses Tuesday and Thursday from 3:40 to 5:00 p.m. Those auditioning are strongly encouraged to prepare the excerpts required for Wind Symphony and/or Symphony Orchestra.
The Concert Band is a large ensemble that performs a wide range of serious concert music encompassing traditional band literature, transcriptions, and more recent works for winds. Concert Band has open enrollment; auditions are necessary for seating purposes only. The group is primarily comprised of non-music majors. Conducted by Casey Goodwin, the Concert Band rehearses Tuesday and Thursday from 5:40 to 7:00 p.m.
NH Youth Band
The New Hampshire Youth Band brings together at UNH fine players of each instrument in grades 5-12 to form an outstanding band.
Unlike SYMS, the band meets throughout the year and performs two to three concerts.
The Youth Band meets on Wednesdays 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Paul Creative Arts Center on the UNH campus in Durham. In those rehearsals, the group puts together a concert with a large, well-balanced band. Each week, NHYB members will spend time in sectional rehearsals run by UNH music majors, and the rest of the time in full rehearsal. When it's over, the group plays a concert in the Johnson Theater. After some time off for the holidays, Youth Band begins again in January in preparation for the second semester concert.Click for more information.
- Wind Symphony
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. 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. Are you on Facebook? Join this group for more information and to talk to current 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.