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Bands and Wind/Percussion

SWOSU Wind Ensemble, Spring 2001


To inquire about membership in any of the bands at SWOSU, please contact Dr. David Bessinger (david.bessinger@swosu.edu).

Wind Ensemble

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

Symphonic Band is a non-auditioned band which meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday 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

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 12 p.m.  12:50 p.m. in the fall semester.

The Pride of the Great Southwest

Wild Dawgs

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" in their own gym.

Chamber Ensembles

Woodwind Ensemble

Woodwind Ensemble meets Tuesday and Thursday from 4 - 4:50 p.m. to rehearse and perform the finest in music composed or arranged for woodwinds. 

Brass Ensemble

Brass Ensemble includes both brass choir and smaller brass chamber ensembles. It meets Thursday 4 – 4:50 p.m. 

Trombone Choir

Trombone Choir gives trombonists an opportunity to play perfectly in tune. No fixed-pitch instruments allowed! The group performs at least once each semester. 

Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble gives tuba and euphonium performers a chance to shine. It meets periodically throughout the semester and performs at "Octubafest," "Merry Tuba Christmas," and other festive low-brass occasions. 

Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble performances include small and large groups performing a variety of intriguing selections. The group meets Tuesday and Thursday 4  4:50 p.m. 


Please contact the Music Office for more information concerning participation in these ensembles, 580.774.3708.

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