Check our Fine Arts Calendar for a current list of upcoming music programs and performances.
If you have any questions, please contact Dustin Seifert, director of bands, at 575.562.2377. For additional information about ENMU, please call the University at 800.376.3668.
System + Spirit = Success
The two most important attributes of a successful band are a system and spirit. 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 the fall of 2003, is the most selective 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. They are also the featured ensemble at our "Friends of Music" Pops Concert. The Wind Symphony performs two formal concerts during the spring semester.
Guest conductors of the ENMU Wind Symphony include:
- Rene Clausen
- Ray Cramer
- Thomas Fraschillo
- Gary Garner
- Julie Giroux
- Michael Golemo
- Gary Green
- Richard Mark Heidel
- Robert Jorgensen
- James Keene
- Joseph Missal
- Emily Moss
- Timothy Oliver
- Van Ragsdale
- Gary Smith
- James Swearingen
- David Waybright
The Wind Symphony meets in the Floren Thompson Jr. Band Hall, Room 136, in the fall and spring semesters, on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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 on 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. Guest conductors include Paula Crider, Norvil Howell, Robert Jorgensen, and John Locke.
In addition to two formal concerts, the Symphonic Band performs at the Department of Music's annual Christmas concert.
The Symphonic Band meets in the Floren Thompson Jr. Band Hall, Room 136, late in the fall and spring semesters, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 1:50 p.m., and you may take Symphonic Band for credit.
Greyhound Sound Marching Band
The Greyhound Sound Marching Band (GSMB) is the conduit for school spirit and pride at ENMU. The GSMB, "The Sound of the High Plains", is proud to celebrate its 89th 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 outdoor rehearsal facility, Greyhound Stadium.
Members of the GSMB proudly represented ENMU, the state of New Mexico, and the United States of America when they performed, by invitation of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, in 2009, 2015, and 2019 at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.
The GSMB has performed at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on three occasions.
Sidney Shuler, director
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.
When you graduate from ENMU, you have the opportunity to perform and stay involved with music by participating in the Alumni Band. The Alumni Band meets biennially on the ENMU campus the weekend after Father's Day in June on even years. For more information, contact Dustin Seifert.
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. The Spirit Band was pleased to perform for former First Lady Laura Welch Bush in October of 2004. Members regularly receive compensation for their service.
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