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Department of Music Band Ensembles

ESU’s music department has three band ensembles

Wind Ensemble

Dr. Gary Ziek, Director

The Emporia State University Wind Ensemble is an 80-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.

Seating auditions take place in September. Information on member placement will be posted on the band bulletin board in Beach Music Hall.

Course Title: Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Course Number: MU 316 A
Rehearsals: Fall MTWR; 3 - 3:50 pm (beginning 9th week of semester)
Spring MTWR; 3 - 3:50 pm

Room Number: Beach Hall 134

Rehearsals will begin in rotation with Marching Band after auditions are held. More information and specific dates will be posted after the semester starts and marching band gets underway. Wind Ensemble will run in conjunction with marching band. There will never be a schedule conflict between the two ensembles!

Group Instrumentation:

  • Piccolo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Bb Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

Tentative repertoire for the Fall and Spring 2019/2020 to be posted at a later date.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 620-341-6673 or at

Dr. Ziek

See links below for live performances:

Jubilateo – Samuel Hazo

The Stormchasers – Robert Sheldon

Juggernaut – Gary D. Ziek

Hymn to Loved Ones Lost – Richard Saucedo

El Camino Real – Alfred Reed

Marching Band

Dr. William Woodworth, Director of Athletic Bands

The Emporia Marching Hornets consists of students from virtually every department on campus. Our common goal is to provide you with an incredibly fun-filled, productive, efficient, and exciting atmosphere. In the EMH, you will be asked to consistently strive for excellence and achieve high standards while having so much fun you may never recover. As a member of this organization, your individual efforts will determine what we can achieve as a whole.

The EMH is a great opportunity to meet people, to continue playing your instrument, develop leadership skills, and be a part of a long-standing tradition at Emporia State University. In addition, there are scholarships for EMH participants.

Marching Band Camp starts a week before classes begin. The band rehearses on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3 to 5 throughout the football season (refer to schedule below). The EMH doesn't require an audition, but during the pre-camp, members will be listened to and watched for placement in sections.

Course Name: Marching Band
Course Number: MU 245 A / MU 645 A
Rehearsals: MWF 3 - 5 pm (first eight weeks of fall semester)
MW 4 - 5 pm, F 3 - 5 pm (second eight weeks of fall semester, until conclusion of season)
Room Number: Beach Hall 134

Learn more about the Marching Band here

Hornet Revue

Dr. William Woodworth, Director

The Emporia State Hornet Revue is a select band of 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 such as Jazz, 80's rock, 70's funk, Latin, hip-hop, 90's rock, pop, disco, and metal. They will also learn to adapt their playing style to different venues such as outdoor concerts, arena performances, stage band settings, and professional style recording sessions.

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