Ashland University Bands

The Ashland University Department of Music supports the University Concert Band, The University Marching Band, Jazz Orchestra, Community Band, Wind Ensemble and several small ensembles including woodwind quintet, jazz combo, brass ensemble, flute choir and percussion ensemble. There are obviously many diverse opportunities for students to involve themselves in instrumental music and receive credit toward graduation.
The Concert Band is Ashland's premier instrumental organization made up of 70 students both music majors and non-majors. In the ranks of small college bands, its musical reputation is growing throughout Ohio. Stressing a high level of artistry and musicianship, the ensemble performs a variety of literature presenting three concerts and performing for campus events during the spring semester. In addition, the group tours each year. Membership is by audition.

The Wind Ensemble, a newly formed concert ensemble, is active during the fall semester. It is made up of 35-40 of the outstanding wind and percussion players at the University and from the community. The Wind Ensemble offers the advanced player the opportunity to study and perform serious literature written or transcribed for this medium. Membership is by invitation or audition.

Ashland Area Community Concert Band was established in 1993. Since that time it has become well known in the area for its musical quality and contribution to the community. In 1995, it was recognized by WCLV-FM in Cleveland as one of Ohio's finest Community Concert Bands and was the feature group on one of its radio programs. This ensemble is designed for both university students and members of the Ashland Community to continue their musical study and creative activity. The Community Band meets in fall and spring semesters and continues into the early summer with a final performance in late June. The ensemble rehearses one evening a week and performs a wide variety of literature from Broadway selections, classic marches to masterworks transcribed or written for concert band. No audition is required, but University students must have permission to enroll.
The Jazz Orchestra is one of the finest in Ohio. Made up of both majors and non-majors, it performs for concerts and campus events throughout the year. It hosts the annual Jazz Fest which invites outstanding high school jazz ensembles to perform and work with some of the finest professional jazz musicians in the country. This ensemble tours annually and members must audition. Small jazz combos are also found as schedules allow.
The Eagle Marching Band is made up of 85 students and includes flags, rifles and a feature twirler. The group performs for all home games as well as traveling to marching exhibitions throughout Ohio. The Marching Band is the pride of Ashland University, documented by its growth from only 17 students in 1988 to its present 85. One of the most active organizations on campus, the band has come to represent the best in musical presentation and exciting movement within a contemporary style.
The Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Ashland Area Community Concert Band and Eagle Marching Band are directed by Leonard Salvo, associate professor of Music.

The Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combos are directed by Dr. Scott Garlock, associate professor of Music.

Financial Aid & Music Scholarships
In addition to generous scholarships for qualified students wishing to major in music, the Ashland University Department of Music encourages membership in these ensembles by offering scholarships for non-majors whose contribution is viewed as vital to each ensembles success. Interested students should contact Cathy Rowland in the Department of Music for audition information at 419.289.5100 or email crowlan1@ashland.edu.

Events

Apr
22
Ashland University Department of Music presents the Award-winning Ashland University... Read more
Apr
23
Ashland University Department of Music presents the best of Spring... Read more
Apr
27
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Apr
29
Ashland University Department of Music presents two student ensemble recitals... Read more
May
4
Ashland University Department of Music presents the annual Variable Winds... Read more