The University of Central Florida Band program consists of five ensembles. Serving nearly 400 students, the program is designed to provide a musical outlet for wind and percussion players throughout the university community regardless of major, as well as professional training for music education and performance majors.
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The Wind Ensemble is comprised of the finest wind and percussion students at UCF. Performing literature of the highest caliber, the Wind Ensemble performs locally, regionally and internationally. Membership in the Wind Ensemble is by audition only, with auditions taking place at the beginning of each semester. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-3:20 p.m. and presents two to three concerts each semester. The Wind Ensemble serves as a major ensemble for music majors, and members receive one hour of academic credit for each semester of successful participation.
Course Number: MUN 3143
The Symphonic Band is an auditioned instrumental ensemble that performs a varied repertoire of standard band literature and presents two to three concerts each semester, both locally and regionally. Auditions for membership in the Symphonic Band take place at the beginning of each semester. The ensemble rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 p.m. The Symphonic Band serves as a major ensemble for music majors, and members receive one hour of academic credit for each semester of successful participation.
Course Number: MUN 3133
Concert Band is an open-enrollment ensemble designed to offer continued performance opportunities for those students who wish to keep music in their lives as a recreational and aesthetic activity. No audition is required to become a member. Comprised of both non-music majors and music majors, the Concert Band meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:50 p.m. and presents two to three concerts each semester. Members of the Concert Band receive one hour of academic credit for each semester of successful participation. The ensemble also serves as a minor ensemble for music majors.
Course Number: MUN 3123
The UCF Marching Knights consist of approximately 300 students representing nearly every college and major on campus. Two primary goals drive the ensemble: to serve as musical ambassadors for the university and to provide an outstanding environment of performance and growth for students. The Marching Knights is one of the most visible musical organizations at UCF, performing at home football games, select away games and special events throughout the fall. The Marching Knights meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 6:00-8:30 p.m. during the fall semester. Membership is open to all UCF students with prior experience in marching band. Auditions are required for the percussion and auxiliary sections. No auditions are required for wind players. Marching Knights also serves as a major ensemble for music majors.
Course Number: MUN 3113
The UCF Jammin’ Knights consist of students representing nearly every college and major on campus. The Jammin’ Knights perform at all home UCF Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games and Women’s Volleyball Games. In the Fall, the Pep Band is made up of students from the Marching Knights. In the Spring, it is its own class. The spring class meets Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. for rehearsals and will perform at all home games for the basketball teams. The Jammin’ Knights also travel to post season tournaments as warranted. There is no audition required, and it serves as a minor ensemble for music majors. Members of the athletic bands receive 2-3 hours of academic credit for each semester of successful participation.
Course Number: MUN 3113
Youth Bands of Orlando (YBO) was created for high school students who wish to perform in an ensemble beyond the normal school day.
The YBO membership, chosen through a process involving director recommendations and an audition, is composed of 75-80 wind and percussion performers from the public, private, parochial and home schools in the metropolitan Orlando area. All members must be actively involved in their school music program and must be recommended by their music teacher.
With a planned performance schedule of three concerts per year, YBO ensembles perform a variety of repertoire ranging from traditional (transcriptions, marches and works of serious and artistic merit) to cutting-edge contemporary composition and music from popular media venues.
Youth Bands of Orlando is affiliated with American Youth Ensembles and operates in cooperation with the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, headed by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. Through this unique relationship performers will have access to esteemed conductors, educators, composers, soloists and ensembles - providing an opportunity to experience music in a unique, rewarding, instructive and constructive environment.
To learn more about the Youth Band of Orlando, visit: www.youthbandsoforlando.org