Letter to Students Interested in the Jazz Bands, Mustang Band, Wind Orchestra and/or Wind Ensemble
We are pleased that you have chosen to continue your musical activities during your college career and you can be assured that the band program at Cal Poly will be a meaningful experience that will enhance your overall education and provide a great deal of fun and excitement.
Our band program consists of the following:
(Academic credit is provided for all ensembles – see Class Schedule) Rehearsals are in Room 216 of the Davidson Music Center.
- Cal Poly Mustang Marching Band
- Tuesday and Thursday – 3:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- University Jazz Band I
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – 11:10 a.m. to noon
- University Jazz Band II
- Monday and Wednesday – 3:10 to 4:30 p.m.
- Cal Poly Wind Orchestra
- Monday and Wednesday – 5:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Cal Poly Wind Ensemble
- Monday and Wednesday – 7:10 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Various Chamber Ensembles
- Jazz Combos
- Brass Choir
- Flute Choir
- Clarinet Ensemble
- Brass Quintets
- Woodwind Quintet
- Saxophone Quartet
- Percussion Ensembles
The Mustang Marching Band was honored to perform in San Francisco in February for the Chinese New Year parade in 2014-2017, performing before an estimated one million people along the parade route.
The Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra performed throughout Ireland, Scotland, and England during the summer of 2013. Other recent performing tours by the Wind Ensemble include performances in the Disney Hall (Los Angeles) in 2010, Carnegie Hall in 2003, and central Europe in 2006 (which included performances in Budapest, Vienna, Schladming, Salzburg, Munich, and Prague). The bands have also performed at several regional and national conventions, with the most recent being the 2016 American Bandmasters Convention (ABA), which was also hosted by Cal Poly.
The University Jazz Band I recently returned from a performance tour in London, England, playing at some of its top-rated jazz clubs. Before that, the band had traveled internationally to Puerto Rico, Brazil, and China, as well as performing at gigs regionally in California.
Please be aware that only 10-20% of the members of the Cal Poly Bands are music majors. Because of this, our performing ensembles are carefully designed to be compatible with the heavy academic demands of students—like you—from other areas of the university. With our very limited rehearsal schedules, you will have ample time to participate.
Membership in the Cal Poly Band program will give you:
- an "escape" from the books,
- an opportunity for meaningful musical expression
- challenges that college students seek: leadership, creativity, team work, personal growth and the opportunity to experience the rewards and sense of pride that go along with outstanding achievement.
- instant friends (many for life!)
Interview / Audition
New members are often worried about the interview and decide not to participate. This is a big mistake! The faculty makes every effort to accommodate anyone who would like to participate. If you were a member of your high school band, you are already an experienced musician and are ready to participate in a college band. We do have a place for you in the university bands! If you do not have an instrument, we will provide one for you. We also have lockers and practice rooms.
Please sign up for your interview and audition on the bulletin board just outside room 214-A in the Davidson Music Center during the Week of Welcome (WOW) or online by following the instructions located on the Wind Ensemble/Wind Orchestra audition page. Auditions are designed to give the directors an opportunity to learn more about you on a personal basis, as well as to determine how to make you a better performer. Auditions are also used to decide which ensemble is best for you and to determine which chair position you will hold for the fall quarter. Additional information, including audition repertoire, schedule, and a list of frequently asked questions can be found on the Wind Ensemble/Wind Orchestra audition page.
For information on the jazz band audition/interview, go to the Jazz Bands website and select the “Auditions” link. Sign up for an audition on the sign-up sheets posted on the door to room 122 in the Davidson Music Center (Dr. Paul Rinzler's office).
Organizational First Meetings
- Jazz Bands
- It is very important that you attend the first regularly scheduled class for the ensemble in which you wish to participate even though the audition results are not yet posted. The meetings will be in Room 216 of the Music Building (45) on the first day of classes, at either 11:10 a.m. or 3:10 p.m.The meetings will be in theRoom 216 of the Davidson Music Center.
- Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Ensembles
- On Monday, September 18, there will be an organizational meeting from 7:10 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This meeting will be held in room 216 of the Davidson Music Center.
It is very important that you attend one or more of these meetings. If you are undecided about your participation, please come and learn more about our program.
Have a great summer. We look forward to meeting you. If there is any way that we can help you, please feel free to contact us.