THE Symphonic Wind Ensemble & Pioneer Marching Band

WHO - Membership is open to all enrolled Wayland Baptist University students who have had high school band experience. You do not have to be a music major to be in the band.  We have band members involved in virtually every curriculum on campus... sign up for MUSI 0106 / MUSI 0108 or come by the Band Hall:  Room 111, Harral Music Wing, (806) 291-1063, tkelley@wbu.edu.

TIME - Rehearsals are held Monday through Thursday, between 12:20 – 1:35 PM.  There are no extra rehearsals and the band will not require a large amount of the student’s time and will not interfere with your studies.  College bands rehearse far less than most high school bands (no contests to attend… we host them).  We are committed to the education of the student in his/her chosen field and our program is guaranteed to enhance your college experience with an activity that promises years of enjoyment (believe it or not, the best years are yet to come).

COST - Band members are not assessed fees for uniform, music or instrument rental to be in the band.  There is a small fee for social events and members are required to purchase a band t-shirt for organized band events.  When the band travels, expenses are incurred by the University so that students aren’t discouraged from participating in the program.

CREDIT - Academic credit is offered for all students enrolled in the Wayland Bands.  One hour credit is available and applies to all courses of study and can be repeated every semester.

AUDITIONS - Scholarship Auditions for incoming students are held during per-arranged visits to Wayland.  Students should call in advance to schedule an audition date and time.  To schedule a scholarship audition, contact Mr. Joe Berry, scholarship coordinator, (806) 291-1074, or email berryj@wbu.edu, or Mr. Timothy S. Kelley, Director of Bands, (806) 291-1063, or email tkelley@wbu.edu .

START - Band camp begins only a few days before classes, after students have already reported to campus.  Students will receive a newsletter in August notifying them of the specifics.  Since the University does not support a football team, the rehearsal schedule is a bit more relaxed than most high school and collegiate band camps.  Yet, the band strives to attain the high level of excitement and intensity that the more contemporary drum-corps style bands have to offer and the past several years, the band’s Fall production has been a full length indoor stage show with special staging and lighting effects, somewhat like the professional group BLAST.

TRAVEL - The Pioneer Marching Band travels to area high schools each fall to present guest marching exhibitions and marches at selected band extravaganzas and festivals.  The Symphonic Wind Ensemble takes an extensive tour during the spring.  The band is an international organization and has traveled to Rome, Italy; Brazil; and Toronto, Canada.  In 2003, the Wayland Band traveled, along with the full music division, on a cultural / music mission trip to Madrid and Valencia, Spain.  In 2006, the Wayland Band accepted an invitation to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia to represent the United States as Special Musical Ambassadors in the 61st Victory Day Celebrations… the only collegiate band from the United States invited to do so.

Dr. Gary AlvinDIRECTOR - Timothy S. Kelley:  BM in Performance, University of Central Arkansas, Conway; MME Conducting & Low Brass Pedagogy, North Texas State University, Denton; DA (in progress), Music Education, University of Mississippi, Oxford; PhD (in progress), Fine Arts Administration, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; with additional studies at the University of Arkansas and Northwestern University.  Professor Kelley is in great demand as a guest conductor and performer, clinician, drill designer, and adjudicator and has conducted performances throughout the United States, as well as performances in Madrid and Valencia, Spain; Colegio Alfa & Omega, Denia, Spain; Primos Cervantes La Universidad De Alcala, Alcala De Hernares, Spain; the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, Russia; Poklonnaya Gora Memorial, Moscow; Gorky Park, Moscow; Tverskaya Square Governor’s Concert Stage, Moscow; the State Academic Capella Concert Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Palace of Officer’s Military Conducting School, St. Petersburg, Russia.  Contact – tkelley@wbu.edu - (806) 291-1063.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Joseph Vandiver: BM and MM in Trumpet Performance from Texas Tech University.  Professor Vandiver is in his second year as Director of Instrumental Music Education / Assistant Professor of Music at Wayland. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance, also at Texas Tech University. His duties include assisting the director of bands in oversight of the instrumental studies program, directing the university jazz ensemble, brass chamber ensembles, basketball pep band, and teaching lessons and methods courses in the high brass area.  Contact - vandiverj@wbu.edu - (806) 291-1071.



OTHER ensembles

  • Jazz Ensemble

  • Basketball Pep Band

  • Woodwind Quintet

  • Flute Ensemble

  • Clarinet Ensemble

  • Saxophone Ensemble

  • Brass Choir

  • Brass Quintet

  • Trumpet Ensemble

  • Horn Quartet

  • Trombone Ensemble

  • Tuba / Euphonium Ensemble

  • Percussion Ensemble

  • Marimba Ensemble

  • Chamber Orchestra

  • Guitar Ensemble


The School of Music at Wayland Baptist University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music