How to Join Concert Bands

Auditioning for the Nevada Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds is a simple process, designed for both music majors and people of any major to participate. Regardless of your skill level, we have a place for you to play music.

Step 1: Apply for admission to the University of Nevada, Reno

  • For incoming University of Nevada, Reno students: Applications for all majors can be accessed through the Apply section. (Music majors must also take a few additional steps).
  • For non-University of Nevada, Reno students: If you attend community college, or are not enrolled at the University, it's still possible for you to participate in the Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds! Simply follow the steps for non-degree students to apply. Contact Reed Chamberlin, if you have questions.

Step 2: Audition

Members of the Wind Ensemble and Concert Winds must complete an audition. Auditions for fall semester are held the first two days of the semester, auditions for spring semester are held in November each year.

  • Music majors/minors and non-music majors auditioning for Wind Ensemble and Orchestra are required to play all of the requested excerpts.
  • Non-music majors auditioning for Concert Winds are required to play only one of the requested excerpts.

Audition excerpts, times and locations will be posted to our website August 1st (for fall) and November 15th (for spring).

*Note: Special for the fall 2020 semester - auditions will be conducted via video. Please review the fall 2020 audition instructions.

Step 3 - Register for class

After results are posted, register for your assigned ensemble before the first Friday of the semester. Wind Ensemble is labeled MUSE 114 (lower division), MUSE 414 (upper division), or MUSE 614 (graduate division). Concert Winds is labeled MUSE 112 (lower division), MUSE 412 (upper division), or MUSE 612 (graduate division).

Request more information

Stay up-to-date on auditions, important dates and other information. You do not need to be a high school senior to fill out an interest form! Please check all bands of interest on the bottom of the interest form.