Department of Music
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
The University of Wyoming Bands began in 1913 as an R.O.T.C unit and remained as a part of the campus military science area until after World War II. The University Bands became part of the Department of Music with the leadership of Professors Edgar Lewis and Charles Seltenrich, and served as entertainment for college athletics rather than military ceremonial needs.
The Western Thunder Marching Band (formerly known as the Cowboy Marching Band) has traveled to several bowl games including the Sun Bowl (1959), the Fiesta Bowl (1969), the Holiday Bowl (1987), the Copper Bowl (1990), and the WAC Championship in Las Vegas (1996). The band has also appeared at Denver Bronco and San Diego Charger pro football games. The Pep Band travels each year to the WAC tournament and also accompanied the team to the NCAA tournament in 1981.
The Wind Symphony is a premiere concert band featuring the most proficient wind and percussion musicians on the UW campus. Membership in the Wind Symphony is by audition only. For additional information, please contact Dr. Robert Belser.
The Symphonic Band is open to all students, performing the finest in symphonic band repertory. For additional information, please contact Dr. Robert Belser.
The Community Concert Band is open to all area residents for musical enjoyment. The Community Concert Band also provides the opportunity for musicians to play on secondary instruments and advanced conducting students and opportunity to conduct. Contact Dr. Robert Belser for additional information.