A breath of fresh air

Our bands offer rewarding and enriching musical experiences for 400+ 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.

The UWEC Band department offers a unique setting where I get to work alongside faculty and students on a regular basis. From daily rehearsals, weekly lessons, student and faculty recitals, I’ve been surrounded by excellent musicians that have helped me grow both as a performer and a person.

Collin Jeidy, bassoon, BME

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

The University Band is open to all UW - Eau Claire students regardless of major.  The band is comprised of approximately 120 talented musicians from many academic disciplines and a few music majors who choose to perform on a secondary instrument.  No audition is required for membership in the University Band.

Hannah Hermanson, Student Director
In the past few years, the BMB has become on of the most active marching bands in the upper Midwest.  At 350 members, BMB is comprised of students from virtually every major and department on campus.  The BMB travels and performs often in the fall semester.  The season includes home football games, contest exhibitions, and other local performances.  Recent highlights include NFL and Blugold away games, stage shows, and tours to Europe and Asia.  Head over to their website for more information!

BMB Website

Marching band

Hanna Hermanson, 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!


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 Spring 2018

Spring 2018 Audition Schedule

For audition materials contact the appropriate faculty member.

  • Flute, Contact Dr. Stewart (
  • Oboe, Contact Dr. Garvey (
  • Bassoon, Contact Dr. Jacobs (
  • Clarinet, Contact Dr. Koprowski (
  • Saxophon, Contact Dr. Shults (
  • Trumpet, Contact Professor Baca (
  • French Horn, Contact Prof. Hodgson (
  • Trombone, Contact Dr. Ostrander (
  • Euphonium and Tuba, Contact Prof. Grewe (
  • Percussion, Contact Dr. Crowell (

Sign-up for an audition time Online . If you have a question regarding ensemble auditions contact Dr. Stewart at

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