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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.

More information about any of the ensembles can be found by contacting Dr. Robert Belser.

Western Thunder Marching Band

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.

Wind Symphony

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.

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band is open to all students, performing the finest in symphonic band repertory.

Community Concert Band

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.

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Department of Music

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5242

Fax: (307) 766-5326


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