Department of Music

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

The Delta State University band program offers a variety of performing opportunities for both music majors and non-majors, all of which cultivate musical skills and performance. The Delta State University band program is dedicated to the performance of the highest quality music, supporting our teams, and bringing first class entertainment to Statesmen everywhere. We embrace our role as the musical ambassadors of the university. Our students and staff give their all in pursuit of the standard of excellence established by DSU Band alumni decades ago.

It’s an exciting time to be a DSU band member, and we’d like to personally invite you to be part of the tradition! If you played a band instrument in high school and are interested in becoming a vital part of one of the most visible, enthusiastic, and dedicated group of students on campus, please contact Dr. Richards (erichards@deltastate.edu) or Dr. Armstrong (jarmstrong@deltastate.edu) for more information. Excellent scholarship offers will be made to most students interested in joining the DSU Band program.

Concert Ensembles

The Delta State University Wind Ensemble is the premiere concert wind and percussion ensemble at Delta State University. The Ensemble’s repertoire includes traditional wind band literature, as well as performances of new compositions in the ever-expanding wind band genre. Membership is by audition only and is open to any student who plays a band instrument. Auditions are held during the first week of each academic year. The Wind Ensemble performs several times each semester, both on campus and throughout the state. For more information about the Wind Ensemble, please contact Dr. Erik Richards, Director of Bands, at erichards@deltastate.edu

The Delta State University Symphonic Band meets only in the spring semester and performs new and traditional concert band works. Membership is open to any student who plays a band instrument. The Symphonic Band performs one concert per year. For more information about the Symphonic Band, please contact Dr. Josh Armstrong, Assistant Director of Bands, at jarmstrong@deltastate.edu.

Instrumental Chamber Ensembles including Saxophone Quartet, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Low Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Pans are offered each semester. These ensembles provide opportunities for Delta State students to perform works for small ensembles in small group settings. Membership in the DSU Chamber ensembles is open to any student who plays a band instrument. For more information about Chamber Ensembles, please contact Dr. Bret Pimentel (woodwind ensembles) at bpimentel@deltastate.edu , Dr. Shelley Collins (flute ensemble) at scolllins@deltastate.edu , Dr. Douglas Mark (low brass ensembles) at dmark@deltastate.edu , or Dr. Megan Bailey (high brass ensembles) at mbailey@deltastate.edu