Samford Music Ensembles

The Division of Music offers opportunities for band and ensemble participation to students of all academic majors at Samford. These courses can count toward general elective requirements for degrees offered throughout the university. Please contact the Arts Recruiter to request additional information about how to join any of these bands or ensembles at


Honor Band

The 2018 Samford Honor Band Festival is scheduled for January 13, 2018. Participants will be selected from over 500 applicants. Additional information regarding the Samford Honor Band Festival will be available in mid-September, 2017.

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Jazz Band

MUSC 1732 - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:15 to 3:20 p.m.
Performs standard big band and small combo literature from various jazz styles. The performance season includes featured concerts that take place both on and off campus. Admission by audition or recommendation of the director.
Contact: Dr. Grant Dalton

Marching Band

MUSC 1739 - Monday and Friday 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Performs at home football games, one away game, and a high school marching exhibition in the fall. Membership is open to all with previous band experience; marching experience is not necessary. Non-music majors interested in band scholarships must audition by February 15, 2018 for priority consideration for awards.

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Wind Ensemble

MUSC 1730 - Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Performs literature for advanced wind and percussion players at Samford. Admission by audition or consent of director.
Contact: Dr. Demondrae Thurman
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MUSC 1731 - Mondays 7-9 p.m. and Thursdays 3-5 p.m. 
Performs standard orchestral literature, operas, oratorios, concerti, and musical theatre shows. Admission by audition only. 
Contact: Dr. Brian Viliunas

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Chamber Ensembles

Bells of Buchanan

MUSC 1732 - Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 to 5:20 p.m.
Performs original compositions, transcriptions, and arrangements on six-octaves of handbells. The performance calendar includes fall and spring concerts, convocations, and area festivals. Auditions for 13 ringers are held each August.
Contact: Dr. Philip Copeland

Campus Worship Team

Campus Worship Team is a vocal and instrumental ensemble that plans and leads worship for the campus community.  Audition only, open to any major.  May be repeated for credit.  Offered: Fall and Spring.
Contact: Eric Mathis

Chamber Ensembles

MUSC 1732 - Rehearsal times determined by the conductor
Contact: Mr. Samuel Nordlund

Percussion Ensemble

MUSC 1732 - Rehearsal times determined by the conductor
Performs a wide range of works on various percussion instruments. Members must have considerable skill on percussion instruments ranging from drums and timpani to mallet instruments and some ethnic percussion. Members will also periodically be performing on steel drums, but prior experience on these instruments is not required for membership. Membership is by audition.
Contact: Dr. Grant Dalton

Worship Arts Ensembles (WAE)

Worship Arts Ensemble is a versatile ensemble that collaborates to perform music, dance, drama, and visual art from diverse worshiping traditions in service to the church.  Audition only, open to any major.  May be repeated for credit.  Offered: Fall and Spring.
Contact: Eric Mathis

Vocal Ensembles

University Chorale

MUSC 1720 - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00 to 2:05 p.m.
Performs a cross-section of quality literature in major concerts and university events each year. No audition is required.
Contact: Dr. Sharon Lawhon

A Cappella Choir

MUSC 1721 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 to 2:05 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday 3:00-3:50
Performs both regionally and internationally, as well as for important university functions throughout the year. Auditions for membership in the A Cappella Choir are held throughout the summer.
Contact: Dr. Philip Copeland

Samford Opera

MUSC 1723 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:30-5:00 p.m., and Monday 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Performs one mainstage production of opera or operetta each season. Auditions for fall productions typically are held the previous spring. All majors are welcome.
Contact: Dr. Kristin Kenning

Opera Workshop

MUSC 1724 - Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Performs scenes from operas and musical theatre each semester. No audition necessary for music or musical theatre majors. Students with other majors are welcome but will need to audition.
Contact: Dr. Kristin Kenning

Scholarships & Audition Materials

Athletic Bands Scholarships are available for winds, brass, percussion, color guard and majorettes through an audition. Students pursuing an academic major other than music can compete for an Athletic Bands Scholarship by completing an application form and live or video audition. When submitting a video audition, copy and paste link into scholarship application. Ensemble placement is at the discretion of faculty based upon scholarship application and audition results. 

Winds and Brass

Prepare the Samford Fight Song for your instrument, plus one additional piece that demonstrates your highest musical achievement.

Samford Fight Song


Prepare the snare part on the attached excerpts, plus one snare solo that is the equivalent of a medium difficulty level from the Rudimental Cookbook. Contact Dr. Grant Dalton if you have questions regarding percussion requirements.

Scholarship Application