The University of Iowa offers three concert bands each semester. The Symphony Band, conducted by Dr. Richard Mark Heidel, and the Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Eric W. Bush, are open to all students, regardless of major, by audition only. All new wind and percussion majors are expected to audition for Symphony Band or Concert Band. Auditions for these two ensembles are held during the first week of classes and may be arranged by contacting University Bands.
The 55-member Symphony Band (MUS:3160:0001, 1 hour credit) performs two formal concerts on campus each semester and, on occasion, performs at state and national conventions. Selected members of this ensemble form the Chamber Wind Ensemble, which offers one-per-part soloistic performance opportunities in a flexible instrumentation setting. Symphony Band rehearses from 1:30 - 3:00 Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. (Members - download the Symphony Band Absence Form)
The 60-member Concert Band (MUS:3160:0002, 1 hour credit) performs two concerts during the fall and spring semesters. This ensemble rehearses from 1:30-3:00 Monday & Wednesday during the fall semester, and 1:30-3:00 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the spring semester.
Students may register for the University Band (MUS:1160:0001, 0-1 hour credit) without an audition and attend the first rehearsal. Rehearsals are from 6:30-8:00PM on Monday (and occasional Wednesdays during the football season) during the fall semester, and 6:30-8:00PM on Monday and Wednesday in the spring semester. This ensemble is an excellent choice for those who desire to stay involved in instrumental music performance.