Band

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Wind Ensemble


Directed by Dr. Edward Harris, the Wind Ensemble is comprised of the finest woodwind, brass, and percussion students in the School of Music and Dance. Dr. Harris consistently seeks to expose his students and audiences to the highest quality of music written for wind instruments, ranging from Renaissance masters to the most recent prizewinning composers. Through the rehearsal and performance of a diverse repertoire, students are exposed to a wide variety of compositional techniques, rehearsal processes and expressive possibilities. The Wind Ensemble programs are performed in both the fall and spring semesters. In addition to four on-campus concerts, the Wind Ensemble regularly tours throughout California and the Western states, and has regularly performed at the California Music Educators State Conference and at the College Band Directors National Conference.

Music Majors focusing on classical performance must participate in either Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band as a major ensemble. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester and are open to all majors. Students will sight-read and perform a prepared piece. Their performance level will determine their chair placement and whether they participate in Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band. Instruments are available to students who pay the $30 use fee each semester. Scholarship awards are based upon performance level and the needs of the School. There is no additional cost to the student for local and regional band travel and tours.

Click here to see past Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band programs.

Symphonic Band


The Symphonic Band performs a wide variety of literature, including the masterworks for band, and contemporary wind literature. Under the direction of Graduate student Natalie Chia, the philosophy of the Symphonic Band is to encourage musical growth in all students through careful selection of appropriate repertoire. Symphonic Band is open to both music and non-music majors, and performs twice each semester.

Music Majors focusing on classical performance must participate in either Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band as a major ensemble. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester and are open to all majors. Students will sight-read and perform a prepared piece. Their performance level will determine their chair placement and whether they participate in Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band. Instruments are available to students who pay the $30 use fee each semester. Scholarship awards are based upon performance level and the needs of the School. There is no additional cost to the student for local and regional band travel and tours.


Marching Band


The San José State Spartan Marching Band is one of the finest collegiate marching bands in the country. Directed by Scott Pierson, this diverse group of approximately 150 students performs a pre-game and half-time show for each of San José State’s home football games. In addition, the band travels to several out-of-town games.

Members of the Spartan Marching Band have a unique opportunity to broaden the scope of their university experience through interaction with students representing a wide variety of disciplines from various schools within the university. Scholarships are available to all music majors registered in the SJSU marching band. All marching band members receive priority registration privileges as members of this group.

Spartan Pep Band


The Spartan Pep Band is a select ensemble consisting of woodwinds, brass and a rhythm section. Membership is by audition. Participants in any of the athletic bands earn academic credit, have ringside seats for some of the finest basketball action in the county, and play a vital role in creating an atmosphere of school spirit. Traditionally, this band follows their respective teams through post-season tournament action, offering travel opportunities that have taken musicians throughout the West.


SJSU Alumni Band


Former members of the SJSU Spartan Marching Band come together every year during the football season in the haphazard but experienced collection of musicians. Playing in tandem, the two ensembles take turns leading team spirit with various Pep Band songs. The Alumni Band welcomes former members of all ages for a night of nostalgia.