You'll have the opportunity to perform on campus as well as tour annually in the region, work with world-renowned guest artists, and learn the skills necessary to become outstanding performers, scholars, educators, and lifelong musicians.
The USD Concert Band is an outstanding ensemble consisting of highly talented woodwind, brass and percussion players, including both music majors and non-music majors. The Concert Band performs the finest pieces available for winds, including traditional wind band repertoire, marches, transcriptions and the newest 21st century works. The Concert Band typically performs one concert in the fall and two in the spring.
Coyote Pep Band
The Coyote Pep Band performs in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for USD men’s and women’s basketball games. As a member of the pep band, you provide the soundtrack and high-energy atmosphere that leads the teams to victory. Performing the finest pop, jazz and traditional USD arrangements. The Coyote Pep Band is composed of approximately 35 energetic brass, woodwind and rhythm section musicians who receive a scholarship for their participation.
USD boasts two jazz ensembles where you may gain big band experience and perform in small group settings with an emphasis on improvisation. The jazz bands also host some of the top artists in the country each year. Both ensembles perform on-campus concerts each term and tour off-campus within the state and region.
The University of South Dakota Percussion Ensemble offers any student who shows the ability and desire to play percussion the opportunity to perform. The group performs in a wide range of genres: modern avant-garde, steel drum music, indoor drumline, ragtime music, pop and jazz arrangements, and many more. Through the ensemble, students are allowed the opportunity to grow as a percussionist/musician through the experience of performing exciting and challenging works written specifically for percussion instruments. The ensemble is active in the area and performs concerts throughout the region.
The Symphonic Band is USD’s premiere wind band and the flagship ensemble of the university band program. The 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 for the band consists of the highest quality music written or transcribed for wind instruments representing all periods of music history.
The SOUND of USD Marching Band
Building on over 130 years of tradition, The SOUND of USD Marching Band is the largest and most visible ensemble on campus. You will perform for over 60,000 fans and spectators each season and bring spirit and energy to Coyote football games in the newly renovated Dakota Dome! In addition to football games, the band performs exhibitions at regional and international contests, festivals and parades.