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Wind-Ensemble

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is the premier large instrumental ensemble at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Comprised almost exclusively of undergraduate and graduate music majors, the Wind Ensemble is equally dedicated to the performance of the cornerstones of wind literature, the finest contemporary works,and a rich and varied repertoire composed for chamber winds. Led by Phillip L. Clements, Director of Bands, the Wind Ensemble continues to be on the forefront of new music for wind band, consistently commissioning new works from the nation’s leading composers. Featured and guest composers have included David Maslanka, James Syler,Steven Bryant, John Mackey, David Sampson, Bradley Bodine, Michael Daugherty and James Stephenson. The Wind Ensemble has performed at numerous conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association (most recently in 2018) and the College Band Directors National Association. Additional performances have included Carnegie Hall and a ten day concert tour of Germany and Austria (2016). The Wind Ensemble’s most recent recording projects include Convergence (2013) and Traveler (2017).

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Symphonic and Concert Band

The Symphonic Band and Concert Band are comprised of undergraduate music and non-music majors who have demonstrated an outstanding level of musicianship and a commitment to excellence. The mission of the Symphonic Band and Concert Band is to prepare teachers for careers in music education through exposure to challenging new works for wind band in addition to performing a number of works considered to be the “cornerstones” of wind literature. The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Professor Allan Goodwin, and the Concert Band is under the direction of Dr. Ryan Yahl.

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Jazz Ensembles

Texas A&M University-Commerce features Ensembles: Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2, directed by Mr. John Wasson. Performing several times each semester, these ensembles provide opportunities for students to perform a uniquely American style of music that will further prepare them for careers in music education or performance. Jazz Ensemble 1 has performed most recently in Jazz Festivals in New Orleans, Louisiana, with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and at the Free Man Cajun Cafe in Deep Ellum (Dallas); they have performed with such noted jazz artists as Nestor Torres and Julio Barreto.

The jazz ensembles perform music in a variety of typical jazz styles including Swing, Blues, Rock, Latin and World Music genres. Participants also learn about the style elements associated with the legendary artists of jazz, as well as spending time developing the craft of Jazz Improvisation.

All jazz ensembles are open by audition to performers of all majors. Positions are available on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, string bass (electric or acoustic), drum set, Latin Percussion, and vibes.

In addition to the big bands, there are also jazz combo performance opportunities available. All students, regardless of major, may audition for the jazz ensembles. Interested students should contact Mr. John Wasson ([email protected]) for more information.

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“Pride” Marching Band

The “Pride” Marching Band is Texas A&M University-Commerce’s most visible instrumental ensemble. The “Pride” performs at all home football games and at marching exhibitions throughout the state of Texas and the United States. Recent notable exhibition performances included Bands of America Grand Nationals (2019), Bands of America San Antonio Super Regional (2018), and the Texas 6A State Marching Contest (2016).

The “Pride” is based on a foundation that a university marching band can produce a product that is both visually and musically exemplary. The “Pride” is generally considered one of the most unique and innovative college marching ensembles in the country. Collegemarching.com recently noted, “The Texas A&M University-Commerce “Pride” Marching Band did the impossible at the Grand Nationals Championships at Bands of America this weekend, they literally left the crowd stunned. That doesn’t happen much in Indy, but as The “Pride” Band exited the field, the fans couldn’t believe what had just happened. They were speechless.”

The ensemble performs two to three shows each season, focusing on one primary full production, which allows for a level of marching and musical excellence difficult to obtain from more traditional college marching bands choosing to perform multiple shows each Fall. This concept provides a unique and practical opportunity for the music education majors at Texas A&M University-Commerce, as it allows them to directly experience the pacing and attention to detail that they will need to employ with their own ensembles as future music educators.

The “Pride” Marching Band is the largest and most spirited student organization on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus and draws its membership from the entire student body, representing numerous states and most majors. The “Pride” Marching Band rehearses three days per week in the Fall semester for approximately six hours.

The “Pride” serves as the musical ambassador for the university and the community as a whole. Students that are interested in participating in The “Pride” should follow the links below or contact the staff at [email protected].

Media

See our Youtube channel.

Marching Band audition requirements

Music Majors

Students who have formally auditioned and been accepted to the Department of Music are automatically accepted in The “Pride” Marching Band.

Non-Music Majors

Wind Players

In one video file (it DOES NOT have to be one continuous take), please record yourself performing each of the following. (Make sure the device is positioned closely enough in order to see embouchure, fingers, slides, etc.)

  1. Please clearly introduce yourself by stating your first name, last name, your current school, and your intended major (Non-Music majors are always welcome to audition for The “Pride” Marching Band).
  2. Perform one etude or solo with contrasting styles (i.e. one lyrical, one technical), or two contrasting etudes or solos.

If you do not have access, or have a question regarding the appropriateness of your excerpt(s), please feel free to contact us by email ([email protected]). We will be happy to help.

Please click in the final tab below for video upload instructions.

Percussion (Battery and Front Ensemble)

In one video file (it DOES NOT have to be one continuous take), please record yourself performing each of the following.

Please clearly introduce yourself by stating your first name, last name, your current school, and your intended major (Non-Music majors are always welcome to audition for The “Pride” Marching Band).

Battery – Perform each of the following exercises. You may perform these on a drum pad if your intended instrument is not available to you. Tenors, you may perform your part on a single pad as well; obviously ignore any cross-overs. Basses – you may perform your intended part on a single pad as well, matched grip. Metronome must be audible. Stand when you perform and place your camera so we may see your whole body. Mark time while you perform.

  1. 8-8-16 – 12″ dynamic; @ 152 bpm
  2. Accent Tap – 12″/3″ accent/tap; @ 152 bpm
  3. 12/8 Diddle – 6″ check, 12″/3″ accent/tap; @ 160 bpm

Front Ensemble – You have two options based on your instrument availability:

  1. Perform exercises 1 & 2 from the battery list. You may do this on a pad. Same video requirements.
  2. Perform the following exercises on a vibraphone or marimba. Metronome must be audible:
  • Green scales – 9″ dynamic; Major Keys C thru F#; change keys chromatically with 4 beats in-between each rep; @ 140 bpm
  • 4 Mallet Block Chords – 9″ dynamic (with beginning crescendo); @ 152 bpm.

You can find both the Drumline and Front Ensemble Exercise Packets in this Google Drive folder.

Videos should be submitted by June 28. Following your first video submission, Mr. Doran will reach out to everyone regarding individual feedback as well as follow-up material and future dates. We are currently working on a Live, in-town rehearsal at the university pending Texas COVID-19 protocol. Until then, we will follow through with video submissions. These submissions are not official auditions for a specific spot in the percussion section. Rather, these are opportunities for you to get a head start on learning the technique and to give Mr. Doran a chance to interact with you prior to August camp.

Should you have any questions regarding the video process, instrument access limitations, the audition process, etc. please feel free to contact Mr. Doran directly at [email protected].

Please click in the final tab below for video upload instructions.

Colorguard

In one video file (it DOES NOT have to be one continuous take), please record yourself performing each of the following:

Please clearly introduce yourself by stating your first name, last name, your current school, and your intended major (Non-Music majors are always welcome to audition for The “Pride” Marching Band).

In order to join the TAMUC “Pride” Color Guard, there is no prior experience necessary. All we do ask is that you try the following. If you have been in a color guard before please use your best technique and submit.

  1. Perform 50 Right Drop Spins
  2. Perform 50 Left Drop Spins
  3. Perform 100 counts of Double Time or Peggy Spins
  4. Display knowledge of Cones/Carves
  5. Learn both TAMUC Fight Song and Texas our Texas and perform them
    (no music needed)
  6. Display any basic tosses you have knowledge of

You can find the YouTube video of the fight song located at this link.

Videos should be submitted by August 1. Following your video submission, Ms. Potter will reach out to everyone regarding individual feedback as well as follow up material and future dates. We are currently working on a Live, in-town audition/rehearsal at the university pending Texas COVID-19 protocol. These submissions are not official auditions for a specific spot in the color guard section. Rather, this is an opportunity for you to get a head start on learning the pre-game routine and to give Ms. Potter a chance to interact with you prior to August camp.

Should you have any questions regarding the video process, equipment access limitations, the audition process, etc. please feel free to contact Ms. Potter directly at [email protected].

How to upload your videos

Please use one of the following options to submit your audition video:

  • Create a Dropbox link to your video
  • Create a Unlisted YouTube link to your video
  • Create a Google Drive link to your video

Please fill out this brief form where you will enter your audition video link, and submit your audition.

You will receive an automated reply letting you know we have received your video link.

We thank you for your cooperation and patience. Please know our goal is to help you through this process in order to get you information on admission and scholarships as soon as possible. If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties, please feel free to contact us.

Go Lions!

Marching Band FAQs

I’m not a Music Major. Can I still become a member of The “Pride”?

Absolutely! The “Pride” is made up of students of all majors from across the university.

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Do I have to audition to become a member of The “Pride”?

Music majors who have already been accepted into the Music Department are automatically members of The “Pride”. Students majoring in other academic disciplines are asked to complete an informal audition for a member of the marching band staff. This audition consists of a brief musical excerpt (or two), of your choice, which demonstrates your range, technical and lyrical playing. We would love to have you on campus as our guest for your audition. If this is not possible, a video audition can be completed by clicking HERE.

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What about auditions for Drumline, Front Ensemble or Colorguard?

Prospective percussion and colorguard members can complete a video audition by following the instructions in the section above labeled “Non-Music Majors”. Percussionists should contact Cory Doran, our marching percussion instructor ([email protected]). Those interested in Colorguard should contact Lauren Potter, our guard instructor ([email protected]).

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How much time does being a member of The “Pride” take?

The “Pride” only rehearses three days per week. On Mondays from 7:00-9:00 PM, then Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-2:45 PM. The Drumline, Front Ensemble and Colorguard each have a one-hour sectional outside of rehearsal time. The band only performs at home football games (approximately 5 games per season), and select exhibitions. On games days, there is a brief stadium walkthrough rehearsal for halftime timing, to coordinate with the Lion Dance Team, Cheerleaders, etc.

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What do I do to get started?

Please fill out The “Pride” Marching Band Interest form HERE. You will be added to our email and mailing list, and receive updates from the University Bands Office.

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When do marching band rehearsals begin?

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“Pride Week” for all members begins on Saturday, August 21st, and concludes on Friday, August 27th. Percussion and colorguard pre-season camp begins on Wednesday, August 18th.

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How do I register?

After your successful audition, you may enroll in one of the following courses: MUS100M (for brass and woodwinds) – MUS 100D (for percussion) – MUS 100G (for color guard)

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Is there a cost to be a member of The “Pride”?

There is a minimal fee which covers the cost of most of the gear you will need (Ultimate Drill Book membership, band polo, band dry-fit t-shirt, baseball cap, end-of-season banquet ticket, etc.). Beyond the band fee, members will need to purchase correct shoes, and may purchase a “Pride” jacket, additional cold-weather gear, etc. A complete listing of expenses is published in the Summer Band Information Packet, which is annually distributed on or before June 1st.

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When can I move into my residence hall?

Early move-in takes place on the first day of your summer involvement with The “Pride” (either Wednesday, August 18th for percussion and colorguard, or Saturday, August 21st for winds). The Music Department covers the cost of your residence hall early during move-in. A link to the electronic Early Residence Hall Move-In form will be circulated in the Summer Band Information Packet, which is distributed on or before June 1st.

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As a Non-Music Major, can I still audition for concert or jazz ensembles?

Absolutely! We would love to have you audition for one of the many outstanding ensembles offered by TAMUC University Bands. Please send an interest email to [email protected] to notify the band staff. Auditions for these ensembles take place the weekend before classes begin. Audition music is generally posted 4-6 weeks before auditions. Please check the “Current Student Resources” tab on the Music Department webpage for audition material. Audition material for these ensembles will be posted on or before July 1st for the Fall semester, and on or before November 1st for the Spring semester.

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Are scholarships available for participation in The “Pride”?

Yes! Stipends are available for non-music majors based on audition and ensemble instrument needs. Stipend amounts increase each year a student participates as a member of the ensemble. Please contact the band faculty for additional information.

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“Pride of the Court” Basketball Band

The “Pride of the Court” is a highly spirited ensemble, selected by audition, to perform at men’s and women’s basketball games throughout the season. Comprised of some of the finest musicians and students from the university, the ensemble also performs at postseason Lone Star Conference and NCAA Tournament games. Auditions take place in early November and consist of both a prepared and a brief sight-reading excerpt. Instrumentation includes all brasses, a limited complement of woodwinds, drum set and accessory percussion. In addition to supporting Lion athletics, The “Pride of the Court” performs at a number of other events as ambassadors of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Colorguard

Colorguard

The “Pride” Marching Band performs for more than 60,000 people per year, including the Texas State Marching Contest as well as the Bands of America Regional Championships. The “Pride” Marching Band and Colorguard are based on a foundation that a college marching band can produce a product that is both musically and visually exemplary. The “Pride” draws its membership from the entire student body, representing most majors on campus. The “Pride” rehearses approximately 6 hours per week. Scholarships are available for colorguard members regardless of major. Students enrolled at most community college campuses can still be members of the “Pride.” Contact the staff for more information.

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