There’s a band for you at HSU! We offer opportunities for performance in seven large ensembles, including the Showband of Arkansas, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Reddie Pep Band, NuFusion Jazz Ensemble, and HSU Brass Band. 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. Band scholarships are available for any student wishing to participate in band, regardless of major.
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 a wide variety of academic disciplines, the Showband of Arkansas regularly thrills thousands of Reddie fans at home football games, travels to exciting away games, and has performed as a featured exhibition band at high school marching contests in both Arkansas and Texas. Membership is open to all university students regardless of major, and is by audition only. The Showband of Arkansas 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. This ensemble performs two on-campus concerts each semester, and has performed off-campus at national and state conferences as well as on public school tours in Arkansas and Texas. Membership is open to all university students regardless of major, and is by audition only. The Wind Ensemble rehearses twice per week in the fall, three times per week in the spring, and 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. This ensemble performs two on-campus concerts during the spring semester, featuring 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 Symphony Band 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 in a traditional concert band setting. 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 Concert Band rehearses twice per week in the spring semester, and the course may be repeated for credit.
Reddie Pep Band
The Reddie Pep Band serves as the ambassadors of spirit and tradition at basketball conference home games. In addition to supporting the HSU men’s and women’s basketball teams, the group also performs at various university functions during the spring semester. Membership is open to all university students with permission of the instructor. The Reddie Pep Band rehearses once per week in the spring semester, and 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. This ensemble rehearses three times per week in the fall and spring semesters, and the course may be repeated for credit.
HSU Brass Band
The HSU Brass Band is a traditional British-style brass band that performs original brass band repertoire as well as wind band/orchestra transcriptions. The only collegiate brass band in Arkansas, this ensemble has concerts every semester and tours at least once a year. The brass band uses trombones, bass trombones, euphoniums, tubas, and percussion in addition to less common instruments such as cornets, flugelhorn, tenor horns, and baritones. All brass band instruments, with the exception of trombones, are provided by HSU. Brass band is open to all brass and percussion students, and students who play in brass band for several years often perform a solo with the band in their final semester.
Small instrumental ensembles are an important complement to the large ensemble experience. Students work on self-directed rehearsal skills, intonation, blend and balance, and fundamental instrumental technique. The ensembles can also provide a conducting/rehearsal lab experience for upper level music education majors.
- Clarinet Choir
- Flute Choir
- Horn Choir
- Trombone Choir
- Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
- Saxophone Quartet
- Woodwind Quintet
- Brass Quintet