KU Band



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!

Wind Ensemble Symphonic Band Concert Brass and Percussion Ensemble

University Band

Marching & Pep Bands Jazz BandsGraduate Wind Conducting

Prairie Winds Festival Midwestern Music CampJazz Festival & Day of Improv

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.

Recordings, Livestream, Fight Songs Alumni Band & KU Band History Locker Request

School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.