The Band Program at ULM attracts students from throughout the United States. Band
students represent virtually every academic program within the University. Former
band members have graduated to become doctors, lawyers, nurses, airline pilots, professional
musicians, music educators, classroom officers, television news anchors, and at least
one state representative. Band Department ensembles include the Sound of Today marching
band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and the Technical Fowls basketball
pep band. Addtional instrumental ensembles within the School of Music include an orchestra,
horn ensemble, flute choir, trombone ensemble, trumpet ensemble, bassoon ensemble,
tuba ensemble, percussion ensemble, steel drum ensemble, and African drum ensemble.
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The Sound of Today Marching Band The Sound of Today is one of the most recognized college bands in the United States. The SOT performs at all home football games and travels to select out-of-town games with the ULM Warhawks football team. Membership is comprised of virtually every academic program on campus. SOT members enjoy financial assistance through the Band Talent Grant program. The amount of the talent grant can range from $600 per semester to the cost of attending ULM and is determined by an audition, the student's accomplishments prior to ULM, their major field of study, and the needs of the Department of Music.
Wind Ensemble The Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental performing group within the Department of Music. Membership is by audition at the end of the Fall semester. The Wind Ensemble performs the most challenging literature for the wind band. Comprised of up to 52 of the most proficient wind and percussion players on campus, the Wind Ensemble performs several concerts on campus throughout the year and travels throughout Louisiana and surrounding states as musical ambassadors for the university.
Symphonic Band The Symphonic Band performs several concerts on campus each year. Membership is by audition at the end of the Fall semester. The Symphonic band performs a wide variety of challenging literature for the wind band. Comprised of up to 75 highly proficient wind and percussion players, all Symphonic Band members qualify for band talent grants if they participated in Marching Band during the fall semester.
Jazz Ensemble The Jazz Ensemble performs several concerts on campus throughout the year and travels throughout Louisiana and surrounding states as musical ambassadors for the university. Jazz Ensemble students qualify for additional talent grant money.
Technical Fowls Basketball Band Performs at all home basketball games and selected away games, including the annual Sunbelt Conference tournament. Membership is selected by audition, and eligible students can receive an additional Talent Grant award for performing in this ensemble.
Slideshow: ULM Band and Choir 2013 Ireland Tour
The University of Louisiana at Monroe has multiple ensembles that offer ULM students an opportunity to sing and be a part of a music community here on campus. Any ULM student may participate in these groups. Membership in two of the choirs is by audition—the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers. The University Chorale is open to any interested person without any audition required.
University Chorale The University Chorale, made up primarily of ULM Freshman and Sophomores, sings a variety of choral music and participates in two concerts during the year. Freshman must sing in the Chorale for two semesters before auditioning for the Concert Choir. The Chorale rehearses two days a week in the afternoons.The University Chorale is directed by Dr. Chandler. The Chorale also is opened to any and all students at ULM wishing to sing and make music, regardless of their major or degree track.
Concert Choir The Concert Choir is ULM’s premiere choral ensemble. Directed by Dr. Chandler, this auditioned choir performs a variety of literature both sacred and secular. In addition to the seasonal concerts given during the academic year, the group sings for and serves as one of the recruiting ensembles for the Division of Music by performing at high schools and colleges in the area. The choir rehearses four days a week working through repertoire in sectional and combined rehearsal configurations.
Chamber Singers Chamber Singers, formerly the Madrigalians, is a select group of 20-24 voices directed by Dr. Deborah Chandler and The group performs accompanied and a cappella music of all styles and periods. Chamber Singers are auditioned out of the concert choir. They give 1-2 chamber concerts on their own each year. They sing at social functions in the community and serve as a recruiting ensemble for the Department of Music.
Video: Joint concert featuring the ULM Choirs and Orchestra
The ULM Symphony Orchestra is currently made up of approximately 50 musicians, and has experienced a great deal of growth in recent years. Additional orchestral ensembles include the Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, String Quartets, and Orchestral Winds. Membership is open to all University students by audition; the current membership includes students representing virtually every academic program within the University.
The ULM Percussion Ensemble is the premier percussion performing group within the Division of Music. Membership is by appointment of the studio percussion professors. The Percussion Ensemble performs the most challenging literature for percussion instruments. Comprised for the most proficient percussion players on campus, the Percussion Ensemble performs several concerts on campus throughout the year and travels throughout Louisiana and the surrounding area as musical ambassadors for the University. Additional ensembles within the Larger Percussion Ensemble are the African Drum Ensemble and Pan-Da-Monium, ULM' s Steel Drum Ensemble.
Black Bayou Brass has been a faculty ensemble in residence at the University of Louisiana at Monroe since 1971. Its current members are Dr. Aaron Witek, trumpet, Dr. James Boldin, horn, and Dr. James Layfield, trombone. An experienced and versatile professional ensemble, Black Bayou Brass regularly performs at ULM, throughout the northeast Louisiana community, and at numerous venues outside the state. Recent performances include the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference, the 2013 Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference, the 2012 National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference, and a series of performances and master classes in Thailand. Its members are dedicated to performing, promoting, and creating new literature for brass trio, as well as playing standard original repertoire and transcriptions from the 16th century to the present. Devoted to encouraging and promoting music education, Black Bayou Brass performs a number of educational concerts each year at schools throughout Louisiana and the surrounding states, and offers master classes, private lessons, and ensemble coaching for all levels.
Video: Black Bayou Brass Performing Flash, by Jérôme Naulais
Lunte/Seiler Duo (Dr. Sandra Lunte, flute and Dr. Richard Seiler, piano) has performed since 1997 for national flute conventions, numerous sate and regional flute festivals and as guest artists at the University of Mississippi, Delta State University, Rhodes College, University of New Orleans, Northwestern State University and other institutions of higher learning across the south.