Instrument Ensembles

Want to play some music with us?

Regardless of what instrument you play, there is a place for you in an ensemble at the School of Music. We feature a staggering variety of ensembles for you to join and bring your musical talent to its fullest potential!

Auditions for Marching Band are held during band camp (the week before fall semester classes begin). Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble auditions are held during the first week of classes.

Georgia Tech Marching Band/Pep Bands

Boasting a membership of more than 340 students, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band is one of the oldest programs in the country. Throughout its history, the Tech Band has performed at such prestigious events as the Orange Bowl, Music City Bowl, Sun Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Gator Bowl, All American Bowl, Aloha Bowl, Seattle Bowl, CarQuest Bowl, Peach Bowl, the Final Fours in Denver and San Antonio, and numerous other NCAA events. Members of the band have performed abroad in Dublin, Ireland; Shanghai and Bejing in China; and most recently Sydney, Australia.

The Pep Bands perform at both Men’s and Women’s Basketball games to help generate energy, excitement, and the home crowd intensity that our teams thrive on. The Georgia Tech Pep Band attends all home games, local tournaments, the ACC tournament and attend post-season tournament games for their respective teams.

Additionally, the Georgia Tech Volleyball Pep Band is known throughout the ACC for its enthusiasm and the atmosphere it helps create at O’Keefe Gym. The Volleyball Pep Band consists of members of the Marching Band who are required to attend assigned volleyball matches during the fall semester. Many Georgia Tech band members choose to attend several, if not all of the volleyball matches.

Students in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band represent a wide range of colleges and courses of study yet find the music program offers plenty of fellowship, an exceptional musical outlet, and an abundance of school spirit to complete their educational experience. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band is rich in history and tradition and offers a commitment to campus and community that greatly adds to the quality of life at Georgia Tech.

Interested in joining the Marching and Pep Bands? Find out more details here: http://gtband.net/audition-info-and-music/#Marching

Concert Band

The Concert Band, under the direction of Professor Chaowen Ting, consists of 55-70 players who perform the masterworks of wind literature designed for the rich sonorities of an expanded instrumentation. The Concert Band provides ensemble performance experiences in a wide range of musical styles and periods for all students. The music performed in these organizations varies from semester to semester and is selected to provide a challenging opportunity for musical growth.

By rehearsing and performing at the highest possible level of artistry, each student will be challenged to improve his/her individual musicianship and ensemble skills. The highest quality repertoire for wind instruments will be the core of the curriculum, allowing for a wide variety in the musical, educational, and philosophical foundations of the course.

Interested in joining the Concert Band? Find out more details here: http://gtband.net/concert-band/?ref=Ensembles

Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra

The GTSO performs 4-6 concerts in an academic year. Concerts and repertoire expose participants to a variety of orchestral literature from the Classical through Contemporary periods, including operatic, popular, and film music. Participation in the Orchestra broadens students’ skills and experience in performing, understanding and appreciation of great music. Recent works performed include Dvorak Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Serenade for Strings, and Mussorgsky / Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition.

Chamber Strings: Chamber Strings is an intermediate string orchestra, providing players a supportive environment in which players develop personal string techniques and ensemble skills through practicing, rehearsing, and coaching. Players are explored to Classical string repertoire as well as modern and pop music.

Interested in joining GTSO or Chamber Strings? Find out more details here: http://gtband.net/orchestra/?ref=Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles

The Georgia Tech Jazz Program, under the direction of Dr. Chip Crotts, provides a great opportunity to study one of America’s greatest and most unique art forms. The Jazz Ensembles explore music from the late 1920s through the present day, including works by composers such as Duke Ellington, Bill Holman, Sammy Nestico, Charles Mingus, and Pat Metheny. Emphasis in these groups is focused on ensemble playing and the art of improvisation, an essential element in jazz tradition.

Typically, one large jazz ensemble is offered each semester, as well as the opportunity to perform in a small combo setting. Each ensemble presents 1-2 concerts per semester, in addition to numerous on and off-campus events throughout the year.  The Jazz Program also strives to bring professional artists to campus on a regular basis, and students will often have the opportunity to perform with these musicians and clinicians in concert during the year.

In conjunction with the Ferst Center for Performing Arts, students also receive opportunities for clinics and master classes with jazz musicians who perform on campus as part of their yearly series. Guests of the Jazz Program in past years have included Arturo Sandoval, Pat Metheny Group, Earl Klugh, Maynard Ferguson, Roger Ingram, Mace Hibbard, Dimitri Vassilakis, Joe Gransden, Dan Wall, and Jon Faddis, among others.

Interested in joining the Jazz Ensembles? Find out more details here: http://gtband.net/jazz-ensemble/?ref=Ensembles

Percussion Ensembles

The Percussion ensembles are offered for credit during fall and spring semester. They provide unique experiences for students and embrace many diverse performance opportunities.

The Percussion Ensembles are both a traditional concert ensemble that studies classic and contemporary literature, as well as transcriptions of standard, jazz and popular styles and often present new percussion performance practices in a contemporary medium through the use of electronically triggered devices and theatrical lighting and staging. This combination of elements unites aural and visual entertainment with a uniquely creative twist. Virtually any surface becomes the canvas from which performers paint aural images.

These are combined with performance-controlled visual and video elements in a diverse multimedia environment. The ensemble also provides students the opportunity to apply their technical classroom knowledge in creating their own electronic instruments and incorporating them into small and large group performances. Auditions are held the first Monday and Wednesday of each semester.

Interested in joining the Percussion ensembles? Please contact Mr. Chris Moore at chris.moore@music.gatech.edu

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band is a dynamic, vibrant force for the advancement of our musical art here in the city of Atlanta. It has long been a haven for musical expression by some of the finest young musicians studying at Georgia Tech. The Georgia Tech Symphonic Band is comprised of 50-60 exceptional student musicians.

The group continues to grow with the vision of exploring the best of the Symphonic Band repertoire while realizing the limitless possibilities of winds in performance. Open by audition to the students of the Institute, the ensemble has much to celebrate in over one hundred years of band at Tech.

The Symphonic Band has established a reputation for excellence in musical performance. International performances have included global collaboration with both the University of Western Sydney and Avondale College during a performance tour of Australia in 2007. Chamber ensemble elements engaged the culture of Shanghai and Beijing, China in a performance tour during 2006. The Symphonic Band shared the stage with the Dublin Institute of Technology Wind Ensemble in Dublin, Ireland in 2001 in commemoration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Recent regional performances have included the College Band Directors’ National Association/National Band Association Southern Division Conference in 2002 and 2008 and the Georgia Music Educators’ Association In-Service Conference in 2006. New music has been composed for the ensemble by Donny Allen, Tom Bahler, Brian Balmages, Aldo Forte, Chris Moore, George Schneider, James David, and Gregory Youtz.

This ensemble is a group dedicated to musical excellence performing with the highest level of musicianship. The Symphonic Band performs on-campus concerts at the Robert Ferst Theater during the academic year, as well as performances at music conferences, conventions and festivals locally, regionally, and internationally. Students audition each semester for this outstanding ensemble.

Auditions are scheduled during the first week of classes, visit georgiatechband.com/auditions for more details. You may sign up for an audition time the week before classes begin. Sign-up sheets will be posted in front of Room 109 of the Couch Building.

The Symphonic Band meets as a class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:35-5:55 pm.

For more information, contact Benjamin Diden by email at benjamin.diden@music.gatech.edu or call 404-894-8951.