About WSU Bands

More than 200 students contribute to the musical environment of the Wichita State University Bands. A rich variety of experiences are created for listeners and participants alike. Concert ensembles include the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. The athletic bands consist of two ensembles,  “Shocker Sound” Basketball Bands and the new "Shocker Sound Machine" Marching Ensemble.

The WSU bands serve as laboratories for the preparation of aspiring music teachers and performers, which is fundamental to the mission of the WSU Bands program.

The WSU bands also provide an outlet for students not majoring in music to enjoy performing as an avocation, and to promote and sustain the proud heritage of American bands in public school music. Through membership in the WSU Bands, students grow musically and esthetically while enriching the cultural life of the campus and community.


The WSU Bands Tradition of Excellence

The WSU Bands enjoy a long-standing tradition of excellence, which is recognized throughout the United States. The Wind Ensemble has been heralded as “one of the finest university bands in the nation,” receiving critical acclaim for its “musically emotional and technically detailed performances.”

The Wind Ensemble's invitations and performances include:

  • Carnegie Hall, New York City, New York (2011)
  • Kansas Music Educators Associate Professional Conference (1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015)
  • Kansas Bandmasters Association Convention (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Division Conference (1996, 2018)
  • College Band Directors National Association National Conference (1997)
  • Music Educators National Association National Conference (1992, 1996)
  • American Bandmasters Association National Convention (2002, hosted at Wichita State University)

The Symphonic Band has also been invited to perform for many professional conferences, including:

  • College Band Directors National Association Southwestern Division Conference (1996)
  • Kansas Music Educators Association Professional Conference (1999, 2001, 2005)


Private Instruction

The strength of the WSU band program lies in the quality of private instruction available to all band members. Recognized as artist performers and master teachers throughout the United States, the WSU Winds and Percussion Faculty have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally through solo performances and membership in the School of Music resident artist quintets, the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet and Wichita Brass Quintet.

WSU’s Winds and Percussion Faculty members also serve as principal players in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. In such professional arenas, they demonstrate publicly the skills and artistry transmitted to their students. Their excellence of their teaching is evident, for example, in the fact that many former members of the WSU Bands can be found performing with professional orchestras, major United States military bands and serving on the faculties of colleges, university and public schools across the nation.