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Welcome to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Department of Bands/Wind Conducting website!

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Rodney Dorsey as professor of music in bands, effective Aug. 1, 2018.

Dorsey was director of bands and conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Oregon. Prior to that, he was associate director of bands at the University of Michigan, where he conducted the Concert Band and the Michigan Youth Band and taught undergraduate conducting. He served previously on the faculties of DePaul and Northwestern universities.

About Indiana University Bands

The department of bands/wind conducting is an integral part of the IU Jacobs School of Music and holds a distinguished reputation for musical leadership in the wind band field. The most advanced three wind bands are composed of music majors from all areas of the Jacobs School of Music. The wind bands perform a wide variety of the finest wind literature, including classics of the repertoire, chamber music for winds and contemporary works.

The department is actively involved in commissioning distinguished new literature for the wind band medium. World premieres have included works by composers David DeBoor Canfield, David Dzubay, Eric Ewazen, Frederick Fox, Don Freund, Bernhard Heiden, Sydney Hodkinson, Jere Hutcheson, Jonathan Newman, Eugene O’Brien, Michael Schelle, Gunther Schuller, Ellen Spokane, Eric Stokley, David Ward-Steinman, John Stout, Kevin Walczyk and others.

Consortium Commission premieres have included works by Robert Beaser, James Beckel, William Bolcom, Steven Bryant, Roger Cichy, Eric Ewazen, Joni Greene, David Maslanka, Cindy McTee, Michael Mower, André Previn, James Primosch, Joel Puckett, Andrew Rindfleisch, Chris Rutkowski, John Stevens, Benjamin Taylor and Gregory Youtz.

Composers who have relatively recently appeared on campus to conduct or supervise their works include Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Roger Cichy, David Gillingham, Donald Grantham, Joni Greene, John Harbison, Karel Husa, David Maslanka, Timothy Mahr, Martin Mailman, Ron Nelson, Jonathan Newman, Joel Puckett, Frank Ticheli, and Kevin Walczyk. Guest artists with the bands regularly include world-renowned soloists from the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music and others of international stature.

Works that have received premieres in transcription by the Indiana University wind groups include The Upward Stream by Russell Peck as arranged by Dr. Scott Jones, Down to the Sea in Ships by Robert Russell Bennett as arranged by Dr. Kyle Glaser,  Plenty of Horn by David Stock as arranged by Dr. John Boyd, Paganini Variations for Solo Piano and Wind Orchestra by Witold Lutosławski as arranged by Dr. William Petersen, Music for the Theatre by Aaron Copland as arranged by Dr. Brett Richardson and Inventing Flight by William Bolcom as arranged by Dr. Jason Nam.

The Indiana University Department of Bands traces its history back through the founding of the Marching Hundred in 1896 to official University records that indicate a start-up fee in 1832 for a "university band". The Department of Bands is represented by: three music-major Concert Ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band), various small ensembles (taken from the above groups), the All-Campus Band (a non-major band meeting once a week on Monday night), The Marching Hundred, The Big Red Basketball Band and the Crabb Pep Bands (men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and women's basketball). During the summer session the Summer Concert Band gives two full length “Sousa–style” concerts for large audiences.

Giving: The Band Centennial Fund

The Band Centennial Fund supports all aspects of the activities of the Department of Bands, including but not exclusive to funding travel by groups, commissioning of new works, recording projects, other special projects, as well as support for the marching band program.
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