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System + Spirit = Success
The two most important attributes of a successful band are a system and spirit. A system is a way of doing things. It represents the total structure of our band, including: organization, procedures, activities, philosophies, teaching methods, marching, and playing style and policies.
Spirit represents how individual band members respond to the system. It includes practice habits, positive attitudes, mental discipline and work ethic. When the system is followed and good spirit is in place, the result is success and its byproducts, including pride, enthusiasm, loyalty, discipline and dedication.
(Gary E. Smith, Director Emeritus, University of Illinois Marching Illini)
The Wind Symphony, established in fall 2003, is the most select concert organization at Eastern New Mexico University. The ensemble is comprised of highly talented undergraduate instrumentalists. All gifted musicians are encouraged to audition!
During the fall semester, the Wind Symphony presents one formal concert and is the featured ensemble at our "Friends of Music" Pops Concert. The Wind Symphony performs two formal concerts during the spring semester.
Recent guest conductors include:
- Thomas Fraschillo
- Gary Garner
- Michael Golemo
- Gary Green
- Richard Mark Heidel
- Robert Jorgensen
- James Keene
- Van Ragsdale
- Gary Smith
- James Swearingen
The Wind Symphony meets in the Floren Thompson Jr. Band Hall, Room 136, in the fall and spring semester, on Tuesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It may be taken for credit.
Wind Symphony is administratively added to student schedules following auditions.
The ENMU Symphonic Band is open to all interested and talented undergraduate instrumentalists. This ensemble is seated based upon the results of a chair placement audition and performs the finest traditional and contemporary repertoire.
The Symphonic Band has been a featured ensemble at the conventions of the New Mexico Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association. Recent guest conductors include Robert Jorgensen, Paula Crider, Norvil Howell and John Locke.
In addition to three formal concerts, the Symphonic Band performs at the Department of Music's annual Christmas concert and for ENMU Commencement ceremonies.
The Symphonic Band meets in the Floren Thompson Jr. Band Hall, Room 136, late in the fall and spring semesters, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 1:50 p.m., and you may take Symphonic Band for credit.
Greyhound Sound Marching Band
The GSMB is the conduit for school spirit and pride at ENMU. The GSMB, "The Sound of the High Plains", is proud to celebrate its 82nd year of musical excellence!
GSMB members are both music majors and non-majors. The GSMB performs music from the hottest charts, providing spectacular halftime entertainment for the fans that pack Greyhound Stadium. The GSMB meets during the fall semester. Rehearsals are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon to 1:50 p.m. in the Floren Thompson Jr. Band Hall and Greyhound Stadium.
Many members of the GSMB proudly represented ENMU, the state of New Mexico, and the United States of America when they performed, by invitation, in the 2009 and 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.
The GSMB has performed at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on three occasions.
Known for its spirit and inspired sound, the Basketball Pep Band consists of students who are members of the Greyhound Sound. Seating in the band is determined via a musical audition.
Drum majors, music section leaders and marching section leaders are members of the Spirit Band. The Spirit Band performs on campus and throughout the region at events that do not require the full instrumentation of the Greyhound Sound Marching Band. Members regularly receive compensation for their service.
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