University Bands

wind-ensemble

If you have experience on a wind instrument, we hope you will consider performing in one of our fine wind bands. The Radford University Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Chamber Winds, under the direction of Dr. Wayne Gallops, provide music majors and non-majors with wonderful performance opportunities throughout the academic year. The Davis Performance Hall in the Douglas and Bea Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts serves as home for the Radford University Bands, featuring rehearsal halls and a state of the art performance spaces.

The Radford University Wind Ensemble has performed throughout the Southeastern United States at various universities, conferences, high schools, and community events. Most recently, the University Wind Ensemble toured Ireland and collaborated with the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Numerous compositions have been commissioned and/or premiered under the baton of Dr. Wayne Gallops and the Radford University Wind Bands including new works by; Michael Burritt, Mark Camphouse, John Dupuis, Wayne Gallops, Jeffrey Midkiff, Monty Musgrave, David Phillips, Alfred Reed, and Adam Silverman.

Band members also perform in mixed Chamber Wind and Percussion ensembles, jazz ensembles, and enjoy encouraging our division I Big South athletic teams through participation in the RU “Red Alert” Pep Band.

Placement in the Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band is through audition during the first week of classes.

 

Wind Symphony

The University Wind Symphony is a large wind band conducted by Dr. Wayne Gallops and is comprised of fine wind and percussion players on campus. The wind symphony programs standard band works and transcriptions. Membership is through audition. MUSC 310 (1): Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 3-4:00 p.m in the Spring Semester.

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 3-4:00 p.m in the Fall Semester.

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 and undergraduate conducting assistants. Concerts are scheduled periodically each semester. MUSC 310 (2): Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:00 to 5 p.m in the Fall Semester.

Pep Band

Radford students enjoy encouraging our Division I Big South athletic teams through participation in the "Red Alert" 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

Nathan West - Graduate Conducting Assistant

Sierra Coakley / Jasmine Wade – Library

Chris McNabb – Equipment

Josh Hylton - Undergraduate Conducting Assistant

 

RU Wind Bands 2019 – 2020 Season

WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 9, 2019

AT THE MOVIES !

RADFORD UNIVERSITY WIND SYMPHONY

Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor

20th Century Fox Fanfare……… Newmann. 

Highlights from the Lion King ……..Custer. 

James Bond Medley…….. Gold 

Wizard of OZ Fantasy…….Harburg/Arlen (Yoder)  

John Williams: The Symphonic Marches……..Williams. 

The Incredibles………Giachinno 

Overture to Star Trek the Motion Picture….Goldsmith. 

My Heart Will Go On from Titanic…….Horner/Jennings. 

Star Wars Trilogy …. Williams/Hunsberger

 

WEDNESDAY - NOVEMBER 20 , 2019

STUDENT CONDUCTOR CONCERT

UNIVERSITY SYMPHONIC BAND

Program To Be Announced

 

WEDNESDAY - DECEMBER 4, 2019

UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE – CHAMBER WINDS

Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor

Nathan West, graduate conducting assistant

Fanfare from Mother Earth………Maslanka  

Earth Song…………………………. Frank Tichelli

Apotheosis of this Earth…………Karel Husa  

 

FRIDAY - MARCH 27, 2020

TRI-STATE CHAMBER WINDS FESTIVAL

Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor

Nathan West, graduate conducting assistant

RU Wind Concerto Winner TBA

CHAMBER WIND

Serenade, Op. 44………………………………………………….……….Antonin Dvorak

Nathan West, conductor

WIND SYMPHONY

March from the “Symphonic Metamorphosis”…........Paul Hindemith #1041

Light Cavalry Overture.……………..………………………...……. Franz Von Suppe

Irish Tune from County Derry & Shepherds Hey…...….Percy Grainger #585

Suite from the Hymn of the Highlands…………….……..Phillip Sparke #1121

 

WEDNESDAY - APRIL 29, 2020

UNIVERSITY WIND SYMPHONY

“GERSHWIN!”

Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor

Nathan West, graduate conducting assistant

Dr. Mathew Cataldi, piano soloist

Cuban Overture …………….George Gershwin  

Second Prelude ………….. George Gershwin /Krance

Gershwin! …………….. George Gershwin/Barker 

Rhapsody In Blue ……….. George Gershwin/Hunsberger