With over 110 years of tradition, the Concert Band is HSU’s largest musical ensemble. It is conducted by Dr. Wayne F. Dorothy. Its members typically represent more than 25 major programs offered at the university and include music majors, music minors, and non-music majors. The Concert Band performs four campus concerts each year and tours off campus every spring. The Concert Band has performed for audiences throughout Texas as well as Colorado, New Mexico, California, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Missouri.
The Concert Band’s performances draw from a wide variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire and have included regional premieres of significant works by Roger Cichy, Martin Ellerby, Julie Giroux, Adam Gorb, Yo Goto, Joe Hisaishi, Chang Su Koh, Coby Lankester, John Mackey, Jared Spears, Stephen Melillo, and Guy Woolfenden, as well as world premieres of works by Bernard Scherr, Jeffrey Cottrell, William Owens, and Daniel Porter.
The Concert Band has presented acclaimed performances at the College Band Directors National Association - 2008 Southwest Division Conference in Kansas City, MO, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, Baptist General Convention of Texas, and New Mexico Baptist Convention.
Some of the band’s most distinguished alumni include Colonel Brian Shelburne Jr., director of the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” (1990-2000), Colonel Jack Grogan, director of the United States Army Field Band (1991-1999), and the late Dr. W. Francis McBeth, acclaimed composer and conductor. Additionally, nearly 10% (24) of all the members of the prestigious Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame were part of the HSU band program.
For more information please contact Dr. Wayne Dorothy at (325) 670-1419 or email
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