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CWU Bands

Wind Ensemble | Symphonic Winds | Symphonic Band | Marching Band | Basketball Band

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
  • All CWU students are welcome to audition and participate.
  • Rehearsals and concerts are required

CWU Band Calendar

  • Symphonic Band: M, W, F from 2:00-3:15 PM
  • Symphonic Winds: M & Th 3:30-5:00 PM and T 3-5 PM
  • Wind Ensemble: M & Th 3:30-5:00 PM and T 3-5 PM
  • Marching Band: M-F 3:00-5:00 PM (Fall Only)
  • Basketball Band: Rehearsals TBA

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

Wind Bands Calendar

Athlectic Bands Calendar


Check the calendar above, band program board by the choir room, or the 'CWU Bands' closed 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.The Wind Ensemble has also featured many guest solo artists including outstanding CWU faculty and most recently Chris Martin, the principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic.


This ensemble is under the direction of Lewis Norfleet

Symphonic Winds

Symphonic Winds is the second premier wind ensemble at CWU. This group seeks to broaden performance and teaching skills through the programming of exemplary literature. The musical repertoire performed by this group includes traditional and contemporary literature. They feature works by Maslanka, Mackey, Grainger, Persichetti to name a few. 
This ensemble has performed at the NAfME Northwest Division Conference and annually at the CWU WindFest. Along with other performance opportunities, students in Symphonic Winds are constantly improve themselves as both educators and performers and to pursue excellence at the highest level each day!

This ensemble is under the direction of Paul Bain.


Athletic Bands

Marching Band

The CWU Wildcat Marching Band performs at all home football games. The ensemble is made up of over 200 musicians from many different departments. The ensemble welcomes all majors to participate in the CWUMB. The CWU Marching Band is fun and rewarding. No experience in marching is required. To read more about the CWUMB and to get involved, click 'more information' below. 

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Basketball Band

The CWU Basketball Band brings energy and excitement to the men's and women's basketball games. The basketball band is comprised of 50 members. Members are selected through an audition process. Each member of the ensemble is paid for their participation. There are substitute positions available as well. To read more, click 'more information' below.

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