The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers a variety of bands designed to meet the artistic and educational needs of UW-La Crosse students. Students from all academic disciplines are invited to participate in the band program. Membership in every band is open to any interested and qualified UW-La Crosse student.

WIND ENSEMBLE expanding section

Dr. Cullan Lucas, Conductor

The Wind Ensemble at UWL is committed to performing relevant, contemporary literature reflecting the diversity of its members while also creating moving performances of masterworks of the wind band repertoire. This ensemble is open to all university students by audition and provides students and the surrounding community with rich and rewarding experiences. The Wind Ensemble performs at least two concerts each semester and often participates in collaborative efforts across the community. The Wind Ensemble rehearses Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in CFA 56.

2018 Audition Info:

Auditions for both the Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble will be held as follows: 

  • Please click the applicable link below to sign up for an audition time:
  • Download and print your audition music PDF file (below) and bring to your audition. Prepare the excerpt marked in the PDF file.
  • Auditions will consist of:
    • The prepared excerpt
    • Short sight reading selection
    • 1 minute selection of student’s choice (etude, solo, excerpt of choice)    
  • Percussionists: You should bring one of the following: mallet solo, timpani solo, or snare drum solo.
  • Incoming Students: You need to register for either Orchestra or Wind Symphony when you do your Orientation and Registration Day visit. If you are not registered yet, we will help you when the Fall semester begins!
  • Preparation Notes:
    • Many reference recordings are available via YouTube of the excerpts original material. Incorporate them into your preparation.
    • Ideal tempi are marked, but it is better to be under tempo, clean, and controlled rather than fast and sloppy.
    • This should be viewed as a chance for the director to get to know your playing style and strengths, not a high stakes, stressful exercise. Enjoy the preparation!

For more information contact:

Dr. Cullan Lucas, clucas@uwlax.edu
Dr. Tammy Fisher tfisher@uwlax.edu
Department of Music 
UW-La Crosse 
1725 State Street 
La Crosse, WI 54601 
608.785.8409

 2018 Audition Materials:

Click Here for Audition Cut Measure Numbers

SYMPHONIC BAND expanding section

Dr. Tammy Fisher, Conductor
The Symphonic Band is open to all UW-La Crosse students regardless of major. This group provides a challenging and rewarding atmosphere for anyone who wishes to continue playing without the stress of an audition. Although the Symphonic Band performs less difficult music emphasis is still placed on musical excellence. The band rehearses during the Spring Semester on Tuesday-Thursday from 4:45 – 6:15 p.m. in CFA 56.

SCREAMING EAGLES MARCHING BAND expanding section

SEMB website
Dr. Tammy Fisher, Director

The Screaming Eagles Marching Band (SEMB) is an exciting ensemble that energizes the spectators of UWL’s new state of the art football stadium. The ensemble captivates its audiences at regional exhibition performances and tears up the pavement as it marches down the street during parades. The SEMB has also performed at Green Bay Packer football games and special events in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Membership in the SEMB is open to all UWL, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College students!

AUDITIONS expanding section

Participation in the UWL Band program is open to all interested and qualified UW-La Crosse students regardless of major. Membership in the Wind Ensemble is determined by audition. Symphonic Band is open to all individuals on campus who wish to continue performing on their instrument. Audition information is available from the director for the Wind Ensemble prior to the beginning of each semester.  Auditions will be conducted the day before the first week of classes begins for each semester.

Please see each band for 2017 audition materials and information

REGISTRATION expanding section

It is required that all students register for the band(s) in which they participate.

INSTRUMENTS expanding section

If a student does not own an instrument, one can be checked out from the university for the semester without charge. No instrument belonging to the University will be lent out without express written permission of an ensemble director. Eligibility for instrument loans are at the sole discretion of the ensemble directors. Please see your ensemble director or Sharon Shugrue (SShugrue@uwlax.edu) in CFA 124 for more information on the loan of an instrument.

For more information contact: expanding section

Dr. Cullan Lucas clucas@uwlax.edu 
Dr. Tammy Fisher tfisher@uwlax.edu
Department of Music 
UW-La Crosse 
1725 State Street 
La Crosse, WI 54601 
608.785.8409