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 ensemble, 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 is active during the fall semester. It is made up of the outstanding wind and percussion players at the University. 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 Maplerock Jazz Festival 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 formed as schedules allow.

The Eagle Marching Band is made up of 80 students and includes color guard and a featured twirlers. 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 80. 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 and Eagle Marching Band are directed by Gary Ciulla, Director of Bands; with Professor of Music Dr. Scott Garlock directing the Jazz Orchestra; and Leonard Salvo, Professor Emeritus of Music, directing the Ashland Area Community Concert Band.

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


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