With performance experiences for music majors, non-music majors, faculty, staff, alumni and the local community, our concert and athletic bands are at the intersection of our curricular and community engagement efforts.
Led by Michael Votta, Jr., UMWO is a leading voice among collegiate ensembles in premiering new works for winds. Often featuring faculty soloists and world-premieres of new works and masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries, UMWO has performed in side-by-side collaborations with major professional ensembles and has performed by invitation at international, national and regional conferences. UMWO rehearses on the same schedule as the UMD Symphony Orchestra, enabling the exchange of players between the two groups as dictated by repertoire demands.
Under the direction of Associate Director of Bands Andrea Brown, UMWE performs works from the most respected repertoire written for wind band with a focus on highlighting women composers and composers of color. UMWE comprises both music and non-music majors with previous band experience.
This all-campus band serves as a musical outlet primarily for non-music majors at the University of Maryland who are interested in performing in a wind band. Ranging in size from the mid-60s in the fall semester to over 100 members in the spring, students in the University Band rehearse once a week and receive academic credit for their participation in the band. The University Band performs traditional and contemporary works from the band repertoire, as well as transcriptions from other media.
The Maryland Community Band is open to all qualified adult wind and percussion players and draws its membership from campus faculty and staff, alumni, school music teachers and adults from the surrounding communities. This band provides an opportunity for musicians from different musical backgrounds and various skill levels to further develop their individual technique by performing in an ensemble that is both enjoyable and challenging. The 80-member ensemble includes musicians of all ages, from those in their early 20s to others in their early 80s. The Maryland Community Band performs music ranging from classical symphonic repertory to military marches and Broadway and film scores.
UMD also offers several jazz bands.
Under the direction of Andrea Brown, the Mighty Sound of Maryland provides a college experience like no other. Its members perform at every home football game and travel to at least one away game per year to create a loud and dedicated Terrapin cheering section! Members of the Mighty Sound of Maryland play every time the band performs, and all majors are welcomed — both music and non-music majors. Our 250+ members often represent every academic college and department at UMD. Marching band provides the opportunity to stay involved in music and to perform in front of 50,000 people, plus the close ties shared by band members can make a large campus feel much smaller. You will always see a familiar face around campus. Be a part of the tradition!
Open to members of the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band, the UMD Basketball Pep Band performs at all men's and women's basketball games. You'll never have to worry about getting a seat because your instrument is your ticket! The Pep Band completes the "Student Wall" in the Xfinity Center, helping cheer the Terps to victory. Members of Pep Band also travel to post-season tournaments and prior destinations have included Anaheim, San Francisco, Orlando, Tallahassee, Knoxville, Denver, New Orleans, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Charlotte.