Play in the KU Bands!
There is a place for EVERYONE who wants to make music at The University of Kansas. From our non-auditioned University Band, to our outstanding Symphonic Band and world-class KU Wind Ensemble, our concert bands perform the widest possible range of concert wind band literature, including chamber music, masterworks, and contemporary works. Our nationally recognized conductors continually provide new challenges for all levels of performers. The band program is also home to the award-winning Marching Jayhawks and various pep bands, including those for the men's and women's basketball teams, and the women's volleyball team. We want you to find a home in the University of Kansas Bands!
Opportunities for High School Students
Each year the KU Bands offer clinics, masterclasses, and performance opportunities to musicians of every level. The Prairie Winds Festival is held the first weekend of February and offers high school students the opportunity to work with the KU instrumental and band faculty in a combination of masterclasses, chamber ensembles, and a full band experience. Students also have the opportunity to audition for the KU School of Music during the weekend. The KU Jazz Festival is held in early March and offers middle and high school jazz bands and combos the opportunity to perform for guest adjudicators and participate in masterclasses with guest artists. The nationally-renowned Midwestern Music Camp begins enrolling each March and offers a comprehensive musical experience, carefully planned and supervised by KU faculty to ensure that students at all levels of experience receive the quality instruction and attention that they need to improve their skills and enjoy making music.