Photo of a member of the Symphonic Band at the University of South Dakota

Our symphonic band is the premier wind band and the flagship ensemble of the university band program. Our band is comprised of the finest woodwind, brass and percussion players at the university, including both music majors and talented non-music majors. Concert repertoire consists of the highest quality music written or transcribed for wind instruments representing all periods of music history.

We typically perform two concerts a semester and regularly feature guest soloists and guest conductors. The band tours the region annually and performs every other year at the South Dakota Bandmasters Convention. We also tour nationally and internationally every three to four years.

Auditions & Rehearsals

Auditions are open to all university students during the first week of each semester. During the fall semester, the band rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. During the spring semester, the band rehearses Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-5 p.m. In addition to these rehearsals, members meet in sections weekly.

Audition Excerpts

For more information, contact:

Name Department & Office Contact
John LaCognata
  • Assistant Professor, Director of Bands, Trumpet
MUSIC
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 115