Band ensembles at the Moores School of Music include the Spirit of Houston Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Cougar Brass. Membership in all ensembles is open to all UH students. The band department has financial aid grants available to qualified members, regardless of major.
The university's premier concert band is Wind Ensemble, conducted by David Bertman. This 56-member ensemble has performed at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles international conference, Texas Music Educators Association conference, College Band Directors National Association conference, Meyerson Symphony Hall Series in Dallas and throughout the Houston metropolitan area. The Wind Ensemble can also be heard on multiple professional recordings conducted by Eddie Green, Tom Bennett and David Bertman.
The university's second concert ensemble is Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dana Pradervand. Symphonic Winds is dedicated to performing the highest level of literature possible and performs concerts throughout the year. The Symphonic Winds meets in the fall and the spring semesters.
Come celebrate Shabbat with Neranenah. We'll gather to relax and unwind as we enjoy a unique and truly "Atlanta" musical experience with The Hello, Goodbye, & Peace Ensemble. Led by Rabbi Micah Lapidus, the ensemble performs completely original music and features a diverse array of incredibly talented musicians. The musical stylings will range from beautiful versions of Shabbat prayers to blues and jazz infused "secular" songs with themes pulled from Jewish tradition with a strong focus on social justice and living life with joy and purpose.
The Wind Ensemble is an instrumental ensemble open to any UMHB student by audition, regardless of major. Repertoire is selected to expose performers to a wide range of musical languages as well as a variety of technical, intellectual, and aesthetic challenges. The UMHB Wind Ensemble performs 3-4 concerts per year.
CRU Spirit Band is a non-auditioned instrumental ensemble open to any UMHB student, regardless of major. The CRU is one of the largest spirit groups on campus and provides music and entertainment in the form of half-time shows and stand tunes for all home and some out-of-town football games.
Jazz Ensemble plays a widely varied repertoire including styles of music from Duke Ellington to the contemporary artists of today. A strong emphasis is placed on sight-reading. The group is open to all university students, regardless of major. The ensemble performs 3-4 times per year, including festivals and community concerts.
The ensemble's upcoming 14th album Spirit Gatherer: A Tribute to Don Cherry pays homage to a kindred spirit in the late jazz trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Don Cherry, who stood at the vanguard of jazz avant-garde as a member of the Ornette Coleman Group. Featuring contributions from LA-based vocalist Dwight Trible and Cherry's eldest (and recently departed) son, David Ornette Cherry, the record is slated for a March 10 release. 041b061a72