Welcome to CU Boulder Bands! The band program provides various performance opportunities for students, whatever their level or major field of study.
The Wind Symphony is composed of the most outstanding wind, brass, and percussion students. The group is dedicated to the performance of the finest wind repertoire, regardless of the period or size of ensemble. Founded in 1978, this group of musicians has toured Japan, England and California and has been heard on radio broadcasts throughout the United States and Europe. These performances, as well as the performances on campus and throughout Colorado, have brought this group international acclaim.
The Symphonic Band, an organization of approximately seventy musicians, is selected by audition from the finest performers on campus. Although most members are music majors, students studying in other fields often qualify for this ensemble. Since its formation over fifty years ago, the Symphonic Band has performed at major national conventions, including the Music Educators National Conference and the College Band Directors National Association. Concerts presented both in Colorado and out of state have won the acclaim of band directors and composers for the interpretive performance of outstanding works for the symphonic band medium.
The Concert Band, a sixty-five piece ensemble, is composed of music majors as well as talented students from many other disciplines. Exploring traditional and contemporary works for band, the ensemble is known for its consistently high level of performance. Musicians in the Concert Band are provided with the opportunity to share in the excitement of the creative process as they broaden their musical experiences. The band maintains an active schedule and enjoys a fine reputation as a group committed to the highest musical standards.
The Golden Buffalo Marching Band is recognized as one of the premier college marching bands in the United States. Comprised of approximately 250 student musicians from throughout the country, the band remains an integral and exciting part of the tradition and spirit at the University of Colorado. The band utilizes an extremely versatile marching style and consistently performs the latest in contemporary show design. The ensemble has appeared on national television many times and has performed in numerous NFL football games. The “Golden Buffalo” Marching Band has appeared at the Insight.com Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Aloha Bowl, Holiday Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Blockbuster Bowl, and Orange Bowl. While there is currently no audition requirement for the marching band wind sections, the drumline, colorguard, and “Goldrush” feature twirlers are selected by audition only. Find more information about the Golden Buffalo Marching Band.
Buff Basketball Band
The Buff Basketball Band is an organization of 95-100 musicians that perform for at home basketball games in the Coors Event Center and travel to the PAC 12 Basketball Tournaments, NIT Tournaments, and NCAA Tournaments. The Buff Basketball Band is an auditioned ensemble. In addition, to become a wind-member of this group, you must be a current “Golden Buffalo” Marching Band member. Drumset and Electric Bass are open to all students on campus. Auditions are held every October.
Donald J. McKinney
Director of Bands
Associate Director of Bands
Director, Golden Buffalo Marching Band
Assistant Marching Band Director
Doctoral Conducting Student
Masters Music Education Student
Doctoral Conducting Student
The Bands and Orchestras also include an Instructor in Percussion, Mike Tetreault, who coaches during student ensemble rehearsals. Few collegiate music programs have an educator of his expertise coaching large ensembles.