Music Ensembles - Bands


Wind Ensemble

Dr. Gary Ziek, Director

The Emporia State University Wind Ensemble is a 60 member group, consisting of the university’s premiere wind players and percussionists. The group has recently performed the music of composers such as Vincent Persichetti, Dmitri Shostakovich, William Schumann and Eric Whitacre. The Wind Ensemble has released two compact discs, Rituals of Fire and Racing With the Sun, featuring the music of ESU composers.

The Wind Ensemble begins rehearsals after the Marching Band season finishes in the fall. 

Course: Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Course Number: MU 316 A
Rehearsals: MTWR; 3 - 3:50 pm
Room Number: Beach Hall 134



Marching Band

Dr. Nathan Gay, Director

Emporia Marching Hornets in action!

The Emporia Marching Hornets is the premiere Marching Band of ESU. There are many participants, and the makeup of the band is very diverse since the band is open to music and non-music majors alike. The EMH Is a great place to meet people, to continue playing your instrument, develop leadership skills and be part of a long-standing tradition at ESU.

Marching Band Camp starts a week before classes begin. Color Guard and the Drumline have a 3-day pre-camp prior to the full band camp. The Band rehearses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 5 throughout the football season. There will be five to six home games that the EMH will perform at each fall. These games fall on Saturdays. The shows consists of a pre-game sequence and a half-time show to provide entertainment for fans in the stands. The EMH doesn't require an audition, but during the pre-camp, members will be listened to and watched for placement in sections.

Marching Hornets website

Course: Marching Band
Course Number: MU 245 A / MU 645 A
Rehearsals: MWF; 3 - 5 pm
Room Number: Beach Hall 134



Hornet Revue

Nathan Gay, Director

The Emporia State Hornet Revue is a select band of 13-15 musicians that has developed into the most versatile, high-energy, well-known musical group on campus. Student leadership and active student group involvement have made this group truly exceptional.

Students in Hornet Revue will gain a broad range of experience playing music in popular styles: Jazz, 80's Rock, 70's Funk, Latin, Hip-hop, 90's Rock, Pop, Disco, and Metal to name a few.  They will also learn to adapt their playing style to different venues: outdoor concerts, arena performances, stage band settings, and professional style recording sessions.

Hornet Revue website

Course: Hornet Revue
Course Number:MU 244 PA
Rehearsals: W; 7 - 8:50 pm
Room Number: Beach Hall 134



Percussion Ensemble

Dr. Tracy Freeze, Director

Percussion ensemble

The ESU Percussion Ensemble is a consortium of musicians which collectively interprets cutting-edge, avant-garde works of the 20th and 21st century. While keeping its eye on repertoire of the past, the ESU Percussion Department is active in commissioning new works for this genre and for hosting premiere performances of new works. 

The percussion ensemble fulfils the chamber music requirements for a musician studying within the percussion program at Emporia State University.

Course: Chamber Music - Percussion Ensemble
Course Number:MU 391 C
Rehearsals: MW; 1 - 2:20 pm
Room Number: Beach Hall 134


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