Department of Music
Bands and Wind/Percussion
To inquire about membership in any of the bands at SWOSU, please contact Dr. Keith Talley, (580)774-3217.
Wind Ensemble is comprised of the university's finest wind and percussion students selected by audition during the fall semester. Music from all eras is performed, with emphasis on music originally composed for winds. The Wind Ensemble has been honored by two recent invitations to perform off-campus. The selection was made by a blind taped audition and the ensemble performed as one of two university honor bands at the 1999, 2001, and 2005 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conventions in Tulsa. An annual tour takes the Wind Ensemble into high schools throughout the region. The ensemble meets five days per week from 11 - 11:50 a.m. during the Spring semester.
Symphonic Band is a non-auditioned band which meets MWF at 12 - 12:50 p.m. during the Spring semester. Selections performed by this group include traditional band music as well as transcriptions of orchestral literature.
Community Band is a non-auditioned band that provides an opportunity for students and members of the Weatherford community to rehearse and perform band literature. It meets each Monday night from 7 - 8:50 p.m.
The Pride of the Great Southwest
The Pride of the Great Southwest is the marching band of SWOSU. Their spirited performances of corps-style drill and high-energy music entertain football audiences at SWOSU each fall. The band rehearses five days per week at 12p.m. - 12:50p.m. in the Fall semester.
Wild Dawgs is the basketball pep band at SWOSU. The "Dawgs" perform at men's and women's home basketball games to give SWOSU the "unfair advantage " at their gym.
Woodwind Ensemble meets TR 4 - 4:50 p.m. to rehearse and perform the finest in music composed or arranged for woodwinds. Contact Dr. Keith Talley at (580) 774-3217 for more information on becoming a member of this ensemble.
Brass Ensemble includes both brass choir and smaller brass chamber ensembles. It meets TR 4:00-4:50 PM. Contact Ms. Janis South at (580) 774-3715 for more information on becoming a member of this ensemble.
Trombone Choir gives trombonists an opportunity to play perfectly in tune (no fixed-pitch instruments allowed!). The group performs at least once each semester and is conducted by Dr. Robert Chambers, (580) 774-3719. The trombone and euphonium section at SWOSU has their very own home page. Check it out by clicking here.
Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble gives tuba and euphonium performers a chance to shine. It meets periodically throughout the semester and performs at "Octubafest," "Merry TubaChristmas," and other festive low-brass occasions. The tuba/euphonium ensemble is conducted by Dr. Terry Segress, (580) 774-3175.
Percussion Ensemble performances include small and large groups performing a variety of intriguing selections. The group meets TR 4 - 4:50 p.m. The director of the ensemble is Dr. David Bessinger, who can be reached at (580) 774-3765.