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University Bands

wind-ensemble

If you have experience on a wind instrument, we hope you will consider performing in one of our fine ensembles. The Radford University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Wayne Gallops, provide music majors and non-majors with wonderful performance opportunities throughout the academic year. Each year the Bands prepare 6-8 on-campus concerts. The Douglas and Bea Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts serves as home to the Radford University Bands, featuring rehearsal halls and a state of the art performance space.

Placement in the Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band is by informal audition during the first week of classes.

The Chamber Wind Ensembles also perform in concert at various university venues and tour throughout the region.

Wind Ensemble

The University Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Wayne Gallops and is comprised of the finest wind and percussion players on campus. The wind ensemble programs substantial band works and transcriptions. Membership is through audition. MUSC 310 (1): Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 3-4:10 p.m.

Symphonic Band

Membership in the Symphonic Band is through informal audition. Any music major or non-major may seek a position in this fine ensemble. The symphonic band is under the direction of Dr. Gallops and his graduate assistants. Concerts are scheduled periodically each semester. MUSC 310 (2): Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:10 to 5 p.m.

Pep Band

Radford students enjoy encouraging our Division I Big South athletic teams through participation in the pep band. The pep band performs for a number of home games and some postseason tournaments. Volunteer positions in the pep band are open to all Radford University students. Contact Dr. Dayl Burnett (Director of Pep Band) for more information.

Chamber Wind Ensembles

Music majors are assigned to various chamber wind ensembles that meet and perform in conjunction with wind ensemble rehearsals and performances.

Band Staff

Dr. Wayne Gallops
Director of University Bands

Elizabeth Good
Graduate Conducting Assistant

Antionnete Tortorici
Library Equipment

Jesse Lykins
Equipment Management/Percussion

Dominick Havens
Personnel/Equipment

Coleman Gilleland
Equipment/Library

RU Bands 2013 – 2014 Season

From the New World: A Sonic History of America
Radford University Wind Symphony
Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor
Wednesday – October 2, 2013

  • Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, Op. 95. “Finale” by Antonin Dvorak
  • Chester Overture (1778) by William Schuman
  • Trail of Tears – American Salute: “When Johnny Comes
  • Marching Home” (1863) by James Barnes/Morton Gould
  • The Cowboys by John Williams
  • President Garfield’s Inaugural March (1881) by John Philip Sousa
  • Colonel Bogey March (1914) by Kenneth Alford
  • Fanfare for the Common Man (1942) by Aaron Copland
  • A Hymn for the Lost and the Living (2001) by Eric Ewazen
  • America by Carmen Dragon

Annual Student Conductor Concert (TBA)
Wednesday – Nov. 20, 2013

Tri-State Chamber Winds Festival
Faculty Chamber Winds
University Wind Ensemble
Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor
Dr. Dayl Burnett, trombone soloist
Thursday – Dec. 5, 2013

Overture for Band............................................................John Hiens
Othello.............................................................................Alfred Reed
Colloquy Concerto for Trombone and Wind Symphony.............................................................William Goldstein
Symphony No. 1 ‘Finale’.......................................Vasily Kalinnikov

University Wind Ensemble
Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor
Student Concerto Winner (TBA)
Friday – Feb. 28, 2014

Fantasia on ‘Black is the Color of My True Loves Hair’
                                        ........................................Mark Camphouse
Paris Sketches............................................................Martin Ellerby
March from the Symphonic Metamorphosis..........Paul Hindmeth
Student Concerto Winner (Selection TBA)

RU Chamber Winds
University Symphonic Band

Elizabeth Good, Graduate Conducting Recital
Wednesday – April 23, 2014

William Byrd Suite........................................................William Byrd
Other Selections TBA


Faculty Chamber Winds
University Wind Ensemble

Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor
Dr. Jeffrey Traster, tuba soloist – guest conductor
Wednesday – April 20, 2014

Overture to Candide...........................................Leonard Bernstein
Ye Banks and Braes O’Bonnie Doon......................Percy Grainger
Yiddish Dances...............................................................Adam Gorb
Concerto For Tuba...................................Ralph Vaughan Williams
Symphony No. IV for Band........................................Morton Gould

Past Seasons