The Winterguard is a group of flags, rifles, and sabers that performs a choreographed show to music within the confines of a basketball court. One-hour of credit is given during the spring semester for participation. The Winterguard usually begins rehearsals after the end of marching season in the fall. The guard meets on a regular basis in the spring, with competitions beginning about February each year. Their webpage is at MSU Guard.
The Winterguard has been a member of the Texas Color Guard Association,
the Oklahoma Colorguard Circuit, and Winter Guard International. They
currently are members of the North Texas Color Guard Association. They
perform at competitions across Texas and Oklahoma and have performed at
competitions as far away as Florida, Arizona, and Ohio. Membership is
open to anyone with colorguard experience. Interested students
should contact Mr. Black.
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble meet during the spring semester
only. The Symphonic Band usually enrolls about sixty students while the
select Wind Ensemble has about forty-five players. Both groups perform
formal concerts throughout the semester both on and off campus and tour
in the public schools of North Texas. During the last seventeen years
these bands have performed in Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and
Louisiana. One or both of the groups will go on tour each spring. The
Symphonic Band is open to anyone with band experience. Auditions for the
Wind Ensemble take place in
University Marching Band
The Golden Thunder Marching Band meets during the fall semester only and is comprised of students from all divisions on campus. The band performs at all home football games and several away football games each year. The band traditionally performs as the feature group at the Wichita Falls Public Schools Marching Exhibition during the first week of October and for the UIL Region II Marching Contest. The Band performs at several spirit rallies on campus each fall including the annual Homecoming Bonfire and at tailgate parties on campus and at the stadium before home football games. When the football season is over in November, the Marching Band begins preparation for the annual Christmas concerts. These concerts coincide with the annual Fantasy of Lights and take place in Akin Auditorium on campus. The Christmas concerts are highly anticipated by the community and the band performs for standing-room-only audiences.
The band rehearses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2-2:50 pm, and on Tuesday evenings until mid-October. Rehearsals begin about one week prior to classes in the fall. Uniforms are provided at no cost. Large instruments and percussion instruments are also provided at no cost. The student will need to provide white marching shoes, white gloves, white socks, and the band provides a new, band t-shirt. Marching music is usually memorized. Contact Dr. Larry Archambo for more information.
The University Jazz Ensemble meets during both the fall and spring semesters and is made up of students from many majors. The band performs concerts throughout the year, both on and off campus. It is open to all students who qualify by audition. The jazz ensemble has performed at the Wichita Jazz Festival, the Northern Colorado Jazz Festival, The North Texas Jazz Festival, and the Southwest Oklahoma Jazz Festival. It was also invited to travel to Mexico to participate in a special performance at a college there. Students interested in being in the Jazz Ensemble should contact Alan Black. The Jazz Ensemble rehearses in the Band Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:20 p.m.
The University Singers is a select choral ensemble open to all students of the University who qualify by audition. At least four hours of rehearsal are required each week and members must participate in all public performances. Choral music from all historical periods in various genres is explored and performed. The repertoire includes world music from a variety of cultures. Contact Dr. James Schuppener for more information.
The Oratorio Chorus is a choral organization open to all interested students and townspeople specializing in the performance of major works with orchestral accompaniment. Historical periods ranging from Renaissance to the 21st Century are varied each semester, as well as the birth origin of the individual composers, so as to provide a fresh multicultural musical experience with each major work. Contact Dr. James Schuppener for more information.
The Opera Workshop is an ensemble open to all students by audition. It trains singers and directors in the special problems of the musical stage (Spring semester only). Contact Dr. Don Maxwell for more information.
The Midwestern Singers is a chamber ensemble selected by audition from members of the University Singers. The Midwestern Singers perform a wide variety of music from different countries, ranging from madrigals and motets to vocal jazz arrangements from America and abroad. Contact Dr. James Schuppener for more information.
Percussion Ensemble and Steel Bands
The Percussion Ensemble meets both fall and spring semesters. Students who play percussion instruments are encouraged to participate. The ensemble performs concerts both on and offa campus throughout the year, and is popular in the community. Music ranging from classical percussion ensemble literature to "Stomp" type novelty numbers to African percussion pieces are featured at the concerts.The Steel Pan Ensembles have been in existence since 1996, when a grant was received, allowing the purchase of a set of steel pans. Presently, there are two separate steel pan ensembles which perform music from the Caribbean. One group is made up of Caribbean students and the other is made up of music students who have learned to play the pans. The groups have performed at the Texas Music Educators Association conference, the International Rotary Club convention, and have been featured performers twice with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. Interested students should contact Alan Black.
Men's and Women's Basketball Pep Band
The University Pep Band performs for all home men's and women's basketball games as well as home and away basketball playoff games. Membership is open to all students with band experience. The Pep Band is made up of a standard band instrumentation with the addition of electric bass, electronic keyboards, and trap set. MSU basketball games are always exciting and take place in D. L. Ligon Coliseum on the MSU campus. In 1999, the Pep Band played for packed houses of over 5,000 people at several home basketball games. Contact Dr. Larry Archambo for more information.
Department of Music, 3410 Taft, Wichita Falls TX 76308, (940) 397-4267