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University Bands

Tradition of Excellence

Our bands offer rewarding and enriching musical experiences for 600+ students each year. Built on a long tradition of excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Band program offers students a variety of concert and athletic bands designed to meet the artistic and educational needs of UWEC students, regardless of major area of study. We are all musicians and you are a valued part of the proud band tradition we have here at UW-Eau Claire.

Wind Symphony Fall 2019

Dr. John R. Stewart, Conductor

The Wind Symphony includes approximately 60 undergraduate student musicians who perform as a full wind symphony and as smaller chamber wind groups.  The ensemble is comprised of the most outstanding wind and percussion majors in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts and gifted non-music majors who are selected by audition each semester.  The group is dedicated to the performance of the finest wind repertoire, regardless of period or number of instrumental forces.  Flexible instrumentation and player rotation provide members of the ensemble with a variety of responsibilities, challenges, and playing experiences.  The ensemble provides members the opportunity to broaden performance and teaching skills by experiencing repertoire at the highest level. 

The Wind Symphony has performed at many regional, national, and international conferences including: Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, Wisconsin State Music Conference, Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic, Illinois Music Educators Association Convention, National Band Association - Wisconsin Chapter Convention, and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference. The Wind Symphony frequently records for regional composers and music publishers including Daehn Publications and JPM Music.

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Dr. Phillip A. Ostrander, Conductor

The Symphony Band, an ensemble comprised of music majors and talented non-music majors, is committed to the study and performance of the finest standard and contemporary works for band. This ensemble is open to university students by audition and performs four concerts a year with a concert tour each spring.

Symphony Band records the educational music of regional composers and publishers at the end of each semester.  Each spring, the Symphony Band hosts both a student concerto and student conducting competition.  Winning students perform and conduct on the final concert of the academic year.

Dr. Randal C. Dickerson, Conductor

University Band is comprised of approximately 120 talented musicians from many academic disciplines as well as music majors who choose to perform on secondary instruments. U-Band is open to all students and no audition is required for participation in this ensemble. The band rehearses once a week and performs one concert per semester in Gantner Concert Hall. The band frequently provides opportunities for talented senior music education majors to serve as a guest conductor with the ensemble. The ensemble is committed to performing a wide variety of repertoire from wind band standards to new contemporary works.


Auditions for Wind Symphony and Symphony Band are held during the first week of classes every semester. Audition dates and times are listed below.  If you have questions about auditions, contact Dr. John R. Stewart, Director of Concert Bands, at  If you're interested in the University Band, Blugold Marching Band or Blugold Athletic Band you just have to sign up — no auditions required!

Wind Symphony and Symphony Band auditions

Fall 2021 Band Auditions materials will be available August 2nd.  


For audition materials click the link below or contact the appropriate faculty member.

Fall 2021 auditions will be in-person.  Register for an audition time here. If you have a question regarding ensemble auditions contact Dr. Stewart at

Marching band

Dr. Randal Dickerson, director

The Blugold Marching Band (BMB) is one of the largest marching bands in the midwest with 475 members. The BMB is comprised of students from virtually every major and department on campus at UW Eau Claire. The BMB performs at BluGold football games, community events, and marching band exhibitions across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. Every two years, the BMB travels and performs internationally. Recent international trips include: Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Spain, and Italy. During the spring semester, many members of the BMB participate in the newly formed Varsity Band and perform stage shows across the region. Head over to their website for more information!

BMB Website

Gloria Dorschner, Student Director

As a student-run, faculty-advised student organization, the Blugold Athletic Band is one of our most unique bands on campus. They welcome musicians of all levels and perform at 10-12 games from November-March. If you’re ready to hype up a crowd and cheer on UWEC’s athletes, this is the perfect band for you!

Emma Carlson, Blugold Marching Band

Finding family in the Blugold Marching Band

Communication studies major Emma Carlson knew joining the Blugold Marching Band (BMB) was a way to keep making music during her college years. But she had no idea it was also a way to make friendships and memories that would last a lifetime. The 450+ person band performs at football games and at other Midwest venues, but it also tours internationally, creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for its student members. 

“I'm able to continue my love for music and meet so many amazing individuals — many of whom will continue to be in my life for many years to come,” Emma said. “I also had the opportunity to take a trip to Asia, something that wouldn't have been possible if not for the BMB. There's something so special about joining an ensemble as big as this one but still feeling like you belong and that you are really part of a huge family.” 

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