Bands at Henderson State
There’s a band for you at HSU! We offer opportunities for performance in six ensembles, including Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, Reddie Pep Band, and the NuFusion Jazz Ensemble. Henderson State University music majors experience an intense, well-rounded, and interactive learning environment driven to prepare students for successful careers in music education and performance. For students considering a major other than music, the HSU band program is a way to continue with music after high school, get involved with college life, and have fun performing for enthusiastic audiences.
Marching Band - The Showband of Arkansas
Considered one of the finest college marching bands in the country, the Showband of Arkansas consists of approximately 170 wind, percussion, and auxiliary members. The mission of the Showband of Arkansas is to represent, foster, and promote the “Reddie Spirit” through musical and visual performance. Comprised of students from all academic disciplines, the Showband of Arkansas frequently performs as the featured band at high school marching contests, enjoys travel to exciting away-games, and regularly thrills thousands of Reddie spectators at home football games. It is open to any student by audition, regardless of major. The ensemble rehearses three times per week in the fall semester and the course may be repeated for credit.
The Showband of Arkansas also has two very active and helpful honorary fraternal organizations, the Theta Phi Chapter of the national honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, and the Theta Theta Chapter of the national honorary band sorority Tau Beta Sigma, whose purposes are to build a better band through service, whenever and wherever needed.
The Wind Ensemble is comprised of the university's finest wind and percussion musicians, and performs traditional and contemporary wind repertoire of the highest quality in a smaller ensemble setting. The Wind Ensemble performs two on-campus concerts every fall and spring semester, as well as an annual tour, which includes performances at national and state conferences and in the public schools. Membership is open to all university students regardless of major, and is by audition only. The ensemble rehearses twice per week in the fall and three times per week in the spring. The course may be repeated for credit.
The Symphony Band is comprised of student musicians from across campus who have demonstrated an outstanding level of musicianship and commitment to musical excellence. The Symphony Band performs two on-campus concerts during the spring semester, featuring works for larger wind band in addition to works that are considered to be among the core wind repertoire. Membership is open to all university students regardless of major, and is by audition only. The ensemble rehearses three times per week in the spring semester and the course may be repeated for credit.
The Concert Band is open to all university students who wish to continue performing traditional band literature. The ensemble is dedicated to broadening the artistic level and interest of its members while performing music of artistic and historical significance. The Concert Band also serves as a practicum for music education majors during their senior year. Membership is open to all university students regardless of major, and is by audition only. The ensemble rehearses twice per week in the spring semester and the course may be repeated for credit.
Reddie Pep Band
The Reddie Pep Band performs for thousands of spectators every spring semester. This group of students serves as ambassadors of spirit and tradition at basketball conference home and tournament games. In addition to their support of the HSU men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Reddie Pep Band makes numerous appearances at various university functions. The group of 40 members is open to all students and rehearses once per week in the spring semester. The course may be repeated for credit.
NuFusion Jazz Ensemble
The NuFusion Jazz Ensemble performs numerous performances on campus and within our surrounding communities every fall and spring semester. Membership is open to all university students regardless of major, and is by audition only. The ensemble rehearses three times per week in the fall and spring semesters and the course may be repeated for credit.