The band program at the University of Toledo is dedicated to excellence in music as well as to the social and musical enrichment of its members. For details on performance opportunities offered through the University of Toledo Bands please see our web page devoted to the Band Program at UT.
- Color Guard (Dancing Rock-ets)
UT Brass Ensemble (Andrew Rhodes, Director)
Gunnar Mossblad, Director of Jazz Studies Program
With five different jazz ensembles to choose from--the traditional jazz sounds of the UT Jazz Ensemble, the Central and South American flavor of the Latin Jazz Ensemble, the unique and fascinating vocalese technique of Jon Hendrick's Vocalstra, the varied jazz expressions of the Jazz Lab Band "GuitArkestra" or taking part in Jazz Combos--you're sure to find a jazz sound to move you. If you are interested in auditioning, please call Mr. Mossblad at (419) 530-4555. Rehearsal times are: varied
UT Chamber Ensemble - Jazz Combo (Gunnar Mossblad, Director)
UT Jazz Ensemble (Gunnar Mossblad, Director)
UT Jazz Lab Band "GuitArkestra" (Norman Damschroder, Director)
UT Jazz Vocalstra (Tad Weed, Director)
UT Latin Jazz Ensemble (Dr. Olman E. Piedra, Director)
J.J. Pearse, Conductor
The University Symphony Orchestra is one of the premiere performing ensembles at the University of Toledo. The USO performs a minimum of two concerts each semester. Repertoire is chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic periods, the 20th Century, as well as new works. Membership in the orchestra is open to all University of Toledo students regardless of major through the process of auditions. Auditions are held at the beginning of both the fall and spring semesters. See the USO web page for more information. If you are interested in becoming a member of the USO, please contact Mr. Pearse at 419.530.2448 or email him at John.Pearse@utoledo.edu.
Rehearsal times are: T, 7 - 9:30 PM; R (strings only), 5 - 6:30
Contact: Dr. Olman E Piedra
The UT Percussion Ensemble is a chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of works featuring percussion instruments exclusively or sometimes in combination with other instrumentalists. From classic composers like Cage, Harrison, Xenakis, Varese and others to modern-day works from composers like Reich, Gillingham, Rouse, Tower, Benson, and Masklanka, to transcriptions and arrangements of works by J.S. Bach and other baroque/classical composers the ensemble is dedicated to offering percussionists a broad survey of music from the seminal literature for percussion ensemble to contemporary pop, jazz, and world music offerings. The ensemble is usually comprised of 8 -10 students and is often broken into smaller groups (2-4 players each) to focus on smaller chamber repertoire in addition to performing larger ensembles as a group, collectively. The ensemble is only open to percussion majors. Non-majors may only participate in percussion ensemble with the permission of the instructor and by audition. The UT percussion ensemble usually gives 1 concert per semester.
Rehearsal times: MWF 1-2 p.m.
Other Percussion Opportunities
UT Chamber Ensemble - Jazz Combo
UT Jazz Ensemble
UT Jazz Lab Band
UT Jazz Vocalstra
UT Latin Jazz Ensemble