Instrumental GroupsInstrumental Groups

Instrumental Groups

A photo of the Cal U Marching BandMarching Band

As one of the largest organizations on campus, Cal U's marching band is made up of students from diverse areas of study and whose previous experience is from a wide range of high school music programs. Each fall, the marching band rocks the crowd at the Vulcans' home football games and selected away games and also performs in high school and college marching band festivals. Membership is open to any interested student instrumentalist or any student interested in auditioning for feature twirler or for a position on the auxiliary unit.

Marching Band may be taken as a one credit course and is repeatable up to eight credits.


A photo of the Cal U Concert BandConcert Band

The concert band meets in the spring semester. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in performing in this type of ensemble. The band plays all types of music from classical to modern and from serious to humorous. It performs at convocations and various concerts on and off campus, at times sharing concerts with other university concert bands or adult community bands.

Concert Band may be taken as a one credit course and is repeatable up to eight credits.


A photo of a Ken Karsh with his guitar.Guitar Ensemble

Performing Groups including guitars, basses and drums are formed based student personnel.  Under the tutelage and watchful eye of Pittsburgh Jazz Musician Ken Karsh the University Guitar Ensemble performs concerts both on and off campus. Active participation by all members is required since the quality of the course and the experiences gained are dependent on the progress of all individuals.  Membership in thisensemble is open to any interested guitarist. No audition is necessary, but asuccessful interview and permission by the director is required. This course is repeatable to a maximum of 8 credits.

Guitar Ensemble may be taken as a one credit course and is repeatable up to eight credits.


A photo of a violinist performing in the California OrchestraCalifornia Orchestra

The California University Orchestra is a chamber ensemble open to students of any major. It is composed of string players of diverse backgrounds and levels. The repertoire consists of primarily classical style music, and the group will be exploring other styles in the future. The University String Ensemble performs at concerts both on and off campus(currently two concerts are scheduled yearly with the Washington Symphony Orchestra). No audition is necessary, but a successful interview and permission of the director is required.

Orchestra may be taken as a one credit course and is repeatable up to eight credits.


A photo of the Cal U Jazz EnsembleJazz Ensemble

The University jazz ensemble performs all styles of jazz, including funk, rock, swing, blues and Latin. It performs concerts both on and off campus, is featured at numerous high school all-school assemblies and jazz band festivals, and is highlighted in the yearly California Jazz Experience (CJE). During CJE, the ensemble has performed with such great jazz artists as Mike Tomaro, Randy Purcell, Steve Hawk, Chris Vadala, Jeff Hellmer, Jim Sheppard, Lou Fischer, Curtis Johnson and Ralph Guzzi. This program is available by audition only.

Jazz Ensemble may be taken as a one credit course and is repeatable up to eight credits.


Brass Ensemble - Woodwind Ensemble - Percussion Ensemble

These smaller ensembles are composed of people from within the concert and marching bands. They usually begin rehearsing after the marching season is over and perform at on- and off-campus  locations.

Brass, Woodwind or Percussion Ensemble may be taken as a one credit course and is repeatable up to eight credits.