Skip to body


College of Arts and Humanities

CWU Bands

Wind Ensemble | Symphonic Winds | Symphonic Band | Marching Band | Pep Band

Close up of marching band students playing trumpetsThe Central Washington University Bands have a long and distinguished history of excellence, appearing frequently at state, regional, national, and international conferences. The majority of students in the bands are undergraduate music majors pursuing degrees in music education or performance.  



  • All bands are usually auditioned quarterly. Materials and information may be found here
  • Non-majors are open to audition and participate.
  • Rehearsals and concerts are required


Symphonic BandSymphonic WindsWind EnsembleAthletic Bands

M, W, Th, F

2:05 - 3:15 PM

M, T, TH

3:30 - 5:00 PM

M, Th
3:30 - 5:00 PM

3:00 - 5:00 PM


3:30 - 5:00 PM
(Fall only)

Pep band rehearsals TBA


Rehearsals will be held either in the Band Room, the Choir Room, or on stage in the Concert Hall.

Check recent postings on the 'CWU Wind Bands' Facebook page for rehearsal information.


Wind Ensemble

The CWU Wind Ensemble has gained the reputation as being one of the nation’s outstanding undergraduate wind ensembles. An auditioned group, this ensemble is the top wind band at CWU.

The Wind Ensemble has performed at the National CBDNA in Boulder, the National MENC in Minneapolis, the CBDNA Division Conferences in Reno, the Western International Band Clinics in Seattle, the NAfME Northwest Division Conference, and several State WMEA conferences.

The ensemble is frequently involved in new composition consortiums for wind band, including composers David Maslanka, Roger Cichy, Gregory Youtz, Thomas Sleeper, Shelley Hanson, David Gillingham, and Mark Camphouse.


This ensemble is under the direction of Lewis Norfleet


 Symphonic Winds

Symphonic Winds in the department's newest ensemble. This group seeks to broaden performance and teaching skills through the programming of exemplary literature. The highest quality traditional, mixed with contemporary literature make up the foundation of musical repertoire performed by the group. 

This ensemble receives the opportunity to play at our Wind Ensemble Festival yearly. Along with other performance opportunities, students  in Symphonic Winds are challenged to pursue excellence at the highest level on a daily basis!

This ensemble is under the direction of Paul Bain.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is comprised of select undergraduate and graduate music majors in the department. Whereas most of the members are music majors and minors, qualified musicians from across the campus participate. Membership is by audition only, held at the beginning of each quarter. Symphonic Band enrollment averages 55-65 musicians each year.


This ensemble is under the direction of both Lewis Norfleet and Paul Bain.




Athletic Bands

Marching Band

  • The CWU Wildcat Marching Band performs at all home football games.
  • Comprised of approximately 200 musicians
  • Non-majors welcome!
  • The CWU Marching Band is a fun and reqarding experience.


More Information


Basketball Band

  • The Pep Band is comprised of approximately 30 music students. 
  • Students who are selected to perform with the Pep Band are paid per game for their services, but do not receive university course credit.
  • There are alternate positions available upon application, for those who wish to sub when needed
  • The ensemble performs at all home basketball games, starting in early January.


More Information





Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.