Concert and Athletic Bands

Michael Leckrone, Professor of Music, Director of Bands and conductor of the University of Wisconsin–Marching Band and the UW Concert Band.
Scott Teeple, Professor of Music, Conductor of the UW Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, graduate conducting.
Darin Olson, Assistant Director of Bands and assistant conductor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Marching Band.

The University of Wisconsin-­‐Madison Band Program offers a wide selection of ensembles for students of varied abilities and interest levels. Ensembles such as Marching Band, Varsity Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and University Bands give numerous performances at every level, from UW-Madison athletic events to professional music conferences and tours. Auditions are required for some but not all ensembles.

The concert ensembles regularly perform repertoire ranging from classical standard band repertoire to premiering contemporary works for the medium. The rich musical heritage of the UW–Madison concert ensembles includes faculty conductors Ray Dvorak, H. Robert Reynolds, Eugene Corporon, James Smith, and Michael Leckrone. Numerous guest conductors include John DeMain, Craig Kirchhoff, Fredrick Fennell, Vincent Persichetti, William Revelli, H. Owen Reed, Donald Hunsberger and Larry Livingston. Guest soloists include School of Music faculty and guests Fred Hemke, Harvey Pittel and Timofei Dokshitzer.

The UW Band program continues to actively commission new works for the wind band medium. Composers William Bolcom, David Del Tredici, David Maslanka, Carter Pann, Anthony Plog, D.J. Sparr, and James Stephenson are among the many composers who have been commissioned by the UW Bands. The ensembles have been heard performing at prestigious conferences including the College Band Director’s National Association, the Music Educator’s National Conference , and the Wisconsin School Music Association. Each year, the bands give numerous performances on and off campus. Tours of the Midwest and run-out concerts within the state serve to enlarge the musical community of the UW bands while also establishing strong relationships with our middle and high school colleagues.

In addition, the band’s annual Collage Concert has become a campus favorite. It is an exciting, non-stop, musical showcase of ensembles from within the School of Music and UW Arts disciplines including Creative Writing, Dance and Musical Theater.

For more information about the UW-Madison Marching Band, click here: http://badgerband.com/

Concert Bands Contact:

Barb Douglas / 608-890-2456

bldouglas@wisc.edu

Athletic Bands Contact:

Wendy Margolis / 608-263-1896

wmargolis@wisc.edu

  • Wind Ensemble

    Scott Teeple, Conductor

    Wind Ensemble (Music 660-040) audition required.
    Rehearsals: Monday/Wednesday 3:30 to 5:30, Friday, noon to 1:00.

    The Wind Ensemble is mainly comprised of music majors and minors, graduate and undergraduate students. It performs traditional and contemporary repertoire of the highest caliber ranging from the 16th century to world premiers. The Wind Ensemble instrumentation varies in order to accommodate the requirements of the repertoire being performed. The Wind Ensemble actively commissions new works from world-renowned composers and performs with internationally acclaimed soloists and guest conductors.

  • Concert Band

    Conductors: Scott Teeple (Fall) / Mike Leckrone (Spring)
    Concert Band (Music 660-041) audition required.
    Rehearsals Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 to 5:30.

    The Concert Band is comprised of both music majors and non-­‐majors who perform standard symphonic band repertoire, chamber repertoire, and orchestral transcriptions. The Concert Band regularly hosts guest conductors and faculty soloists. Both the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band perform numerous concerts each semester.

  • University Bands

    Darin Olson, Conductor

    University Bands (Music 660-043) no audition required.
    Rehearsals 7:00 to 9:30 one night a week (M/W/F).

    Three University Bands are offered to students who are non-­‐majors with an interest in continuing to make music. All three University Bands rehearse one night a week and share two concerts each semester, performing standard and exciting popular repertoire.

  • Varsity/Marching Band

    Marching Band (Music 660-042) audition required.
    Fall Rehearsals: Tuesday through Friday 3:45-5:30.

    Anyone who has ever been a participant in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Marching and Varsity Bands wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that the four years spent with the Wisconsin Band was one of the most exciting times in their life. There have been trips, concerts, exciting games, and innumerable special events. Some of the high points students have enjoyed over the years have included nine appearances in the Rose Bowl and performances in Tokyo, Tampa, San Antonio, Nashville, Tucson, El Paso, New York, Birmingham, Shreveport and, New York City. Travel includes visits to Big Ten stadiums throughout the Midwest, as well as Green Bay Packers games at Lambeau Field. In Madison, the band performs weekly in Camp Randall stadium for crowds of over 80,000 fans. It continues to be standard practice for up to 50,000 fans to stay after the conclusion of the game to enjoy the famous “Fifth Quarter.”

    Varsity Band (Music 660-042) audition required.
    Spring Rehearsals: Wednesday 3:30-5:30

    During each season the band also performs concerts throughout the state of Wisconsin, Minnesota and, Illinois. The finale to each year is most rewarding, concluding with the annual Varsity Band Spring Concert in April at the Kohl Center before nearly 30,000 fans over three nights. The concert has featured such renowned soloists as jazz legend Richard Davis, international percussion artist Steve Houghton, violin virtuoso Vartan Manoogian, lead trumpet from the Maynard Ferguson Band Stan Mark, operatic star Kit Reuter-Foss, world champion steel pan soloist Liam Teague, Tonight Show drummer Ed Shaughnessy, Conan O’Brien trumpeter Mark Pender, and Broadway and television star Tom Wopat. The resulting evenings are most memorable for everyone. Television rebroadcasts of the concert have made the University of Wisconsin–Madison Varsity Band a favorite throughout the Midwest.

    Various athletic pep bands also play an important role in the UW–Madison Band Program and campus. The Badger basketball and hockey teams continue to attract excited fans to the Kohl Center and in recent years Wisconsin fans have enjoyed a long history of post-season tournament action. The Badger hockey team is a perennial contender for the NCAA Championship, which they have won on six separate occasions! In 2006 Wisconsin became the “Capital of College Hockey” when both the men and women’s teams won the National Championship! The men’s basketball team has enjoyed 14 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, including dramatic runs to the “Final Four” in both 2000 and 2014.

    Advance purchase is not required but encouraged, as the Varsity Band concerts are very popular. Tickets go on sale in the spring.

    Visit the Badger Band Website to order tickets online.

    By Phone (608) 265-4120
    Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

    By Fax or Mail
    Visit the Badger Band Website to print an order form.
    Fax (608) 265-3024
    Mail to:
    UW Band Ticket Office
    455 N. Park Street
    4561 Humanities Building
    Madison, WI 53706