Department of Music
College of Arts and Humanities

Bands

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The goal of Georgia Southern Bands is to cultivate one of the best undergraduate-based wind band programs in the United States.

The Georgia Southern Bands Program’s faculty seek to create a rehearsal and performance environment built around the excitement of making great music together in a variety of venues and to cultivate an exceptional and collaborative spirit between students within each ensemble and between students and faculty.

The aim of the Georgia Southern Bands Program’s faculty is to foster an atmosphere within each of its ensembles that captivates and motivates all students to aspire to their own highest levels of musical and personal achievement and excellence and to want to become active partners in building and sustaining the entire program.

For more information about the GSU Bands Program, please email gsubands@georgiasouthern.edu


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Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The Georgia Southern Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the most select of the concert bands, with a membership limited to 50-55 of the most accomplished woodwind, brass, and percussion performers on the Statesboro campus. Members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble perform repertoire of the highest caliber, representing all musical style periods from the Renaissance through modern day, featuring works created by the finest composers for the historical and modern wind band.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble typically performs two to three concerts each semester on-campus or regionally and regularly tours Georgia and the Southeast.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is an integral facet of the Department of Music’s summer study abroad program. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has appeared in London, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Florence, and Munich.

Armstrong Wind Ensemble

The Georgia Southern University Armstrong Wind Ensemble is the premier concert band on the Armstrong campus.  This ensemble has a long established reputation for exceptional performances of traditional, contemporary and new commissioned works.  Membership is by audition and open to any student attending the university. This ensemble is an ideal vehicle for the serious instrumental musician.  The Armstrong Wind Ensemble performs an average of four to five formal concerts a year in the beautiful Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium.  Concert tours are scheduled periodically.

Contact Mark B. Johnson (mbjohnson@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-344-2682 of more information.

Savannah Winds

The Savannah Wind Symphony is one of the premier community bands in the southeastern United States with residence at the Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University. Recently, Savannah Winds celebrated 41 years in Savannah. Savannah Winds comprised of volunteer musicians from the entire Coastal Empire region and South Carolina and Georgia Southern students. Members are required to audition. Savannah Winds rehearsals are conducted in the Armstrong Campus Band Room.

Our mission is to enhance the cultural climate of the Coastal Empire, provide a nurturing musical environment to talented musicians, and to enhance the music scholarship offerings for music students attending the Armstrong campus. Savannah Winds maintains and enjoys a partnership with the City of Savannah an active new music commissioning project, performing numerous world premiers.

For more information on Savannah Winds or membership contact Principal Conductor and Music Director-Mark B. Johnson  (mbjohnson@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-344-2682

Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony fosters the highest performance standards while offering its 60-75 members the opportunity to expand their technical expertise and musical understanding. Programming for the Wind Symphony features challenging and engaging repertoire drawn from the rich musical tradition of the modern concert band.

Membership in the Wind Symphony is open, by audition, to all Georgia Southern students who demonstrate a proficient level of performance ability on wind and percussion instruments. Auditions for seating placement in the ensemble are held at the beginning of each term.

The Wind Symphony generally performs two concerts each semester on campus and occasionally performs off-campus and on tours with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

University Band
The 65-80 member University Band, which rehearses one evening each week during the Spring and performs one public concert, is open without audition to all Georgia Southern students and faculty members and musicians in Statesboro who have experience on a brass, percussion, or woodwind instruments and are interested in continuing to perform in a musically collaborative atmosphere.
Southern Pride Marching Band

The Southern Pride Marching Band’s home is Georgia Southern’s Allen E. Paulson Stadium. The band performs at all home football games, select out-of-town games and parades, and in exhibition at high school marching band contests throughout the state. Recently, Southern Pride accompanied the Eagles to away games at the United States Naval Academy, the University of Alabama, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the University of Georgia. Additionally, Southern Pride performed at Turner Field for the 2013 Atlanta Braves Opening Day, and members of the drum line performed with country rock star Elizabeth Cook on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Southern Pride’s aim is to combine the highest quality of musicality and execution, while providing entertainment and enthusiasm for all fans of Georgia Southern football. It’s this combination of quality and enthusiasm that has earned Southern Pride its title, The Hardest Working Band in Show Business!

Hoop Troop Basketball Pep Band

The Hoop Troop Basketball Pep Band performs for home- and away-games during the conference tournament season. Earning the reputation The Boro’s Most Dangerous Band, the Hoop Troop leads the spirited crowds of Hanner Fieldhouse and adds excitement and support for Eagle basketball.The Hoop Troop’s repertoire includes jazz, Latin, television theme songs, R&B, hard rock, classic rock, Motown, and pop music.

The Hoop Troop meets during the spring semester. Membership is by audition only.

Net Squad Volleyball Pep Band

The Net Squad Volleyball Pep Band performs at select home games during the Fall semester, providing energy, excitement, and entertainment in Hanner Fieldhouse. The band’s repertoire includes classic rock, hip-hop, alternative, pop, theme songs and more!

Membership is by audition, and auditions are held during the first few weeks of the Fall semester.

Faculty:

Dr. Robert Dunham, Director of Bands

Dr. Dan Haddad, Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands

Mr. Mark Johnson, Associate Director of Bands

Last updated: 9/30/2019