Join Us: Audition

Jazz Band, Concert Band

  • No audition required

Blue Devil Jazz Project

  • Audition at the beginning of Fall

Contact

  Aaron Durst
  Director of Instrumental Music
  dursta@uwstout.edu
  715-232-1201 


Concert Band

The UW-Stout Bands welcome all student instrumentalists to become a part of our groups. Anyone who has participated in their high school music program or equivalent may be a part of the University Bands.

The Symphonic Band (Concert Band – Music 266) is our largest group and performs standard and new literature for symphonic band, orchestral transcripts, and lighter favorites. The group performs one concert each semester, at commencement ceremonies, and takes a short tour in the spring semester.

The Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra (Jazz Band – Music 264) performs music from across the jazz spectrum including swing, Latin, rock and fusion styles. The group performs one concert each semester, at commencement ceremonies, and takes a short tour in the spring semester.

The Blue Devil Jazz Project is our pep band ensemble that is based on the idea of a New Orleans street band with a hip groove. This group performs at selected athletic events and other venues on and off campus. The group is brand new and we are working to make it an iconic group of the university.Students wishing to participate in this group must also be a part of either the Symphonic Band or Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra.

The Blue Devil Jazz Embers is a jazz combo that performs on and off campus for a variety of events.This small group focuses on developing improvisation skills and plays a variety of jazz standards.

Students may also participate in several small ensembles (Solo & Ensemble - Music 268).A percussion ensemble and jazz combo are typically organized each semester.Depending on time availability and interest, students may also play in a woodwind quintet, brass quintet, or saxophone quartet.Small ensemble perform at the large group concerts each semester and additional venues as available.

Aaron M. Durst (Director of Instrumental Music) is an active saxophonist pursuing performance and commissioning opportunities for new music.