Instrumental Music at Wayne State College


Instrumental Performing Ensembles


Marching Band

The Wildcat Marching Band gets the fall semester started with a bang by arriving a few days before school begins to work on the first show of the season. The marching band is comprised of a large number of instruments from piccolos to sousaphones, with a Flag Corps, Dance Team, and Twirler adding color and visual effect. Corps style marching predominates, with special marching effects added for a contemporary look and feel. The Wildcat Band provides entertainment at all home football contests and performs on numerous venues off-campus, including high school exhibitions and road football games.  Most recently, the band has traveled to Minneapolis to perform in the Minneapolis Metrodome Classic. This ensemble also marches in the annual WSC Band Day and  Homecoming parades. For more information on the Marching Band, write to David Bohnert at


Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble, containing only the most select wind players from across campus. The high level of ability allows the ensemble to perform demanding wind literature of the highest quality. The Wind Ensemble performs at least three concerts each year and performs for special events on the Wayne State campus. In addition to campus events, the group tours frequently; with recent travels to Ireland and Chicago. The WSC Wind Ensemble has established itself as one of the premiere instrumental groups in northeast Nebraska and is a vital part of the Wayne State community. For more information on the Wind Ensemble, write to Dr. David Bohnert at


Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band is a wind band that meets once a week and performs one concert each semester. This ensemble performs a variety of literature that includes both contemporary and traditional band music and is open to any interested instrumentalists. The Symphonic Band meets both semesters and in the fall semester also serves as a lab for instrumental conducting students.  For more information on the Symphonic Band, write to Joshua Calkin at


Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of a select group of players interested in performing music in the jazz idiom and developing improvisation skills. Music is selected from all styles, representing the contemporary jazz orchestra as well as classics from the big bands of the past. The group gives two concerts a year, a swing dance each semester, and performs occasionally for area events.  For more information on the Jazz Ensemble, write to Joshua Calkin at

WSC Chamber Music

Wayne State College offers a number of performance opportunities for students interested in performing Chamber Music.  Ensembles with limited instrumentation are available in the areas of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion.


Brass Ensemble

The Brass Ensembles include a large brass choir and Brass Quintets (2 trumpets, horn, trombone or euphonium, tuba or bass trombone).  These can be formed independently or with faculty supervision, and can be registered courses or informal.  The quintets' education covers both preparation of recital repertoire from all musical eras and the pursuit of playing opportunities outside of the school.  Trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba/euphonium may be formed as well.


Percussion Ensemble

The percussion ensemble contains all of the traditional drums and mallet percussion instruments, as well as many auxiliary and world percussion instruments.  They rehearse and perform original and transcribed music for percussion in a wide variety of styles.

String Ensemble
The string ensemble rehearses and performs interesting, exciting and challenging music for bowed string instruments.  It is open to all students and area residents who play the violin, viola, cello or bass.

Woodwind Ensemble
In the woodwind ensemble students have the opportunity to perform in various groups such as flute choir, clarinet choir, saxophone quartet, or mixed ensembles.  The various ensembles perform each semester both on and off the Wayne State College campus.




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Marching Band

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Wind Ensemble

Symphonic Band

Jazz Ensemble

Pep Band

Chamber Music



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Upcoming Events

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 23

Woodwind Ensembles

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 23

Prints and Pots: Silent Auction for WSC Art & Design Department

Geno's Steakhouse,

7:00-9:00 p.m.


April 25

Meghan Taylor, clarinet, and Ashley Oltman, saxophone

Ley Theatre, 1:00 p.m.


April 25

Jake Anderson, tuba, and Molly Schroeder, flute

Ley Theatre, 3:00 p.m.


April 26

Jed O'Leary Memorial Scholarship Fund Concert

Majestic Theatre,

6:00 p.m.


April 27

WSC Concert Choir

and Chorale

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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