Whether you want to be a performer, educator, music industry professional, or just
enjoy playing, OBU is the place for you! Our music faculty is dedicated to providing
you with a well-rounded experience, ever-expanding facilities, and scholarships to
help make your education affordable. OBU is consistently ranked among the top liberal
arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, but we keep the faculty-student ratio low to guarantee you a wealth of solo and
ensemble performance opportunities paired with individual attention to your education,
musicianship, creativity, marketability and career goals.
Trombone, euphonium and tuba students have weekly lessons exploring everything from basic fundamentals of music making to every imaginable genre: orchestra, jazz, commercial, improvisation, contemporary, etc. Lessons are custom-designed to fit each individual student’s career goals.
Low majors have a weekly Studio Class to perform for one another and give peer feedback on performances in a masterclass setting. Studio class also involves visits by guest artists and clinics. Past guest artists have included Haim Avitsur, Manhattan School of Music; Gerry Pagano, St. Louis Symphony; Tom Burge, Charlotte Symphony: Doug Elliott, jazz trombonist and renown mouthpiece designer.
Trombone Choir/Tuba-Euphonium Choir
Our low brass chamber ensembles are made up of music majors, music minors and other students who enjoy being a part of one of the most special groups on campus. We perform a mixture of repertoire on campus and off. Many students mention these as among their favorite ensembles.
Jazz Band and Jazz Combo
The Jazz Band meets in both the fall and spring semesters, presenting concerts of swing, samba, rock, Latin, and funk styles, as well as tunes for small combos of quartets and quintets.
The Wind Ensemble, the university’s flagship instrumental ensemble, is an auditioned ensemble of the best wind and percussion students on campus. The group meets in both the fall and spring and presents at least one concert per semester in addition to appearances in the community. The Wind Ensemble is a top-notch ensemble that produces a professional recording every other year and tours Europe every four years.
The Symphonic Band is a large wind ensemble open to any OBU student. The ensemble presents a full concert in the spring and is a terrific venue for many non-music majors to continue performing in a quality wind ensemble.
The Marching Band preforms at home football games, local parades, and in exhibition at marching band competitions. The ensemble rehearses two afternoons per week. The OBU marching band has fun entertaining audiences; we take music and performing seriously, but in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.
Musical Theatre Orchestra
Low brass musicians have the opportunity to perform in the orchestra pit for musical stage productions. Each spring, the Musical Theatre Workshop presents a fully staged Broadway musical, such as Guys and Dolls, The Drowsy Chaperone, Seussical the Musical, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, My Fair Lady, Godspell, Shrek: The Musical, Footloose and Fiddler on the Roof.
Low brass musicians have the unique opportunity to use their classical training in action by performing in the orchestra pit for operatic productions. Each fall the Opera Theatre Workshop presents a full-staged opera, such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Tiger Blast is a group similar to the Broadway drum line show Blast! The group performs for thousands of people at Tiger Tunes in the fall and presents performances complete with light shows, sound systems, fog machines, keyboards, bass and guitars, color guard, and usually multiple drum sets.
The Tiger Jam Basketball Pep Band is a select group that performs at home basketball games during the spring semester. Members are chosen by invitation and audition Tiger Jam raises Tiger Spirit at home basketball games and offers drum set students a chance to support the basketball teams and entertain Tiger fans.