The Wind Ensemble meets each semester and consists of the finest wind, brass and percussion musicians on campus and utilizes a flexible instrumentation to accommodate the wind band's large and varied repertoire. Including both standard and contemporary works, the Wind Ensemble performs compositions representing the vast history of the wind band and cultures worldwide. The Wind Ensemble works closely with composers, both individually and in consortiums, in the commissioning of new works, and joins other collegiate and professional wind bands in furthering the development of Western music. The UT-Martin Wind Ensemble performs two concerts per semester, tours regionally and nationally and is open to all UT-Martin students by audition. See repertoire for the current year, past programs, listen or read about recent and upcoming events of the UT-Martin Wind Ensemble.
The Concert Band provides a musical environment that challenges individual players as well as focuses on developing skills as an ensemble musician. Meeting in both Fall and Spring, the Concert band performs two concerts each semester. The ensemble studies and performs works representing the vast scope of the large wind band tradition and is open to all UT-Martin students. Additionally, the Concert Band provides opportunities for music education majors to gain performance experience on secondary instruments. Community musicians are also welcome to participate in the ensemble. See past programs or listen to the Concert Band.
The UTM Big Band, directed by Dr. Kurt Gorman, displays the diversity, vibrancy and artistry of jazz, America's greatest art form through the medium of the traditional big band. A UTM Big Band performance features Swing Era charts by Duke Ellington and Count Basie, as well as a wide array contemporary compositions, Latin jazz, and funk charts. The group presents the repertoire of jazz standards, from songs by Gershwin or Rodgers and Hart, to the compositions of Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis. The UTM Big Band performs one full-length concert oncampus each semester, as well as other appearances at various community events.
The UTM Small Jazz Group is comprised of select players from the UTM Big Band to practice and cultivate the fine art of jazz improvisation. The ensemble holds jam sessions open to the community of UTM students and to the general public. For more information about information about performing with jazz ensembles at UTM or for information about upcoming events, please contact Dr. Kurt Gorman, (731) 881-7404
The UTM Chamber Players is a newly formed ensemble in the University of Tennessee Department of Music. Serving as the ensemble's core, the Department of Music Faculty are assisted in the ensemble by advanced music majors, creating a unique performing and learning opportunity.
Dedicated to the performance of instrumental chamber music from all genres and historical periods, the UTM Chamber Players provides faculty with opportunities to perform distinguished chamber music while their students are pushed by advanced repertoire and exposure to a high-level rehearsing and performing environment.
The Skyhawk Marching Band is offered in the fall. The band band consists of roughly one-hundred and sixty members. Performing spots are available for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, baritone/euphonium, sousaphone, battery(snare/tenor/bass) percussion, front ensemble percussion, and guard. Each halftime production is custom designed for the band to reach excellence in performance and to deliver entertainment that will bring the audience to its feet. The band performs in Hardy Graham Stadium for home football games and at select exhibition performances throughout the region.
The Skyhawk Basketball Band begins at the end of the fall semester and continues through March of the spring semester. Comprised of roughly thirty members, the band plays from a rotating selection of sixty diverse and outstanding charts during home basketball games in the Kathleen and Tom Elam center. Skyhawk athletic teams belong to the OVC conference. Each spring the band travels to Nashville for the OVC tournament and also travels with the team to any appearance earned in the NCAA tournament. Recent NCAA trips include Duke University in Chapel Hill, NC. and the United Center in Chicago. IL
Should you need further information or have questions, please direct inquiries for Marching and Athletic Bands to John Oelrich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 731.881.7403.