Performance Ensembles

The TCU Wind Symphony

The Texas Christian University Wind Symphony has established itself as one of the premiere collegiate wind bands in America.

The Wind Symphony regularly performs the best in wind band literature, from the Renaissance masters to the most recent prize-winning composers. The group schedules frequent appearances by guest composers, soloists, and conductors. Recent guests include Michael Colgrass, David Maslanka, John Mackey, Frank Ticheli, James Keene, Gary Green, Tim Reynish, Ray Lichtenwalter, John Whitwell, Christopher Tucker, Eric Rombach-Kendall, Mark Fonder, Jay Gephart, and the American Brass Quintet.

The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Bobby R. Francis, has a distinguished reputation for critically acclaimed performances and a dedication to commissioning new and exciting works. The Wind Symphony frequently hosts visiting composers in rehearsal and performance providing important interaction during the creative process. This year David Maslanka and Frank Ticheli will return as guests.

The Wind Symphony has performed at the 2007 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the 2007 CBDNA Convention in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the 2008 American Bandmasters Association Convention, several performances in Bass Hall in Fort Worth and recently in Carnegie Hall in Spring 2011. The group has released two compact disc recordings “Testament, Music for a Time of Trial” and “Regenesis, Music of Renewal”.

Graduates of the Wind Symphony have gone on to hold positions in professional symphony orchestras, military bands, and recording studios, in addition to those serving as noted teachers and conductors.

The TCU Wind Symphony is excited to be selected to perform at Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio in February 2014.

The TCU Symphonic Band

The Texas Christian University Symphonic Band has developed a tradition of outstanding performances and recordings of high quality repertoire.

Members include a mixture of music majors and additional fine musicians from across the TCU campus.

Under the direction of Mr. Brian Youngblood, the curriculum focuses upon offering the students wind music of artistic and historical significance. Repertoire selections include works on the Texas UIL 4A and 5A list. Through rehearsal and performance of this range of repertoire, students are exposed to a wide variety of compositional techniques, rehearsal processes and expressive possibilities.

The TCU Symphonic Band has been selected to perform at CBDNA Regional conference in March 2014 at the University of Arkansas. This is the only "second band" selected to perform at this conference. All other performing groups are the top ensembles at their respective universities.

Symphonic Band is offered during the fall and spring semester.

The Horned Frog Marching Band


Made up from almost every field of study, the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band is one of the most visible and prestigious organizations on campus.

The band performs before an annual crowd of almost 200,000. The band has also traveled to exciting bowl games the last seven consecutive years. As a member of the TCU Band you are a part of an exciting and spirited group. Many members cherish lifelong friendships as well as the instant support network gained as you enter the TCU Campus. Thanks to TCU's membership in the Big 12 Conference, the Horned Frog Marching Band regularly performs for large crowds in an exciting football atmosphere throughout the fall.

All students at Texas Christian University are eligible to participate in the marching band. This program benefits the nearly 220 students of varying degrees of talent and differing musical interests, aiding those who are looking toward a career in music as well as those for whom music will be an enriching vocation. The band performs at all home football games, several away games, guest exhibitions at marching festivals, at pep rallies, other campus functions, the Fort Worth Stock Show Parade, and bowl games.

While Marching Band is a fall semester course, all members are encouraged to enroll in one of the three concert organizations that meet in the spring: The Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and University Concert Band. The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band also meets during the fall semester and marching band members are encouraged to participate. Several outstanding jazz ensembles, along with the TCU Basketball Band, are also great musical opportunities at TCU.

If you are interested in being in the TCU Marching Band, read more.

The TCU Jazz Ensembles

TCU Jazz Ensemble

The Texas Christian University Jazz program consists of at least two big bands along with several student combos.

Under the direction of Joe Eckert, the TCU Jazz Ensembles have appeared in concert with several internationally-known jazz artists such as Jon Faddis, Don Menza, Urbie Green, Ed Shaughnessy, Mike Vax, Clark Terry, Marvin Stamm, Pat Williams, Allen Vizzutti, and many others. The ensembles have appeared at conventions of the International Asociation of Jazz Educators, College Band Directors National Association, and the Texas Music Education Association. The ensembles have also made numerous appearances in Europe and the former Soviet Union. The annual TCU Jazz Festival, one of the most prestigious in the Southwest, has hosted over 10,000 high school students since its inception in 1978.

2017 Jazz Ensemble Auditions

The Texas Christian University Jazz Auditions will be held August 10,17 & 20, 2017.

The audition process will follow the same format as set previously. The prepared music for all instrumentalists is posted below. Please have this material prepared for your audition in August. Additionally, you'll be asked to sight-read and improvise if you want to be considered for a “jazz” chair in one of the ensembles. With the exception of drumset, ALL of the auditions will take place in my studio – (Foster 006). Sign-ups will be posted near the band office the week of August 14th. Please make sure to sign up for an audition time. It is my intention to have the bands set and rehearsing on the first day of classes (Monday, August 21). See you soon!

For questions regarding the TCU Jazz Auditions, contact Joe Eckert, Professor of Saxophone/Director of Jazz Studies.

IMPORTANT: All jazz ensembles meet Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Mr. Eckert’s band (first band) meets from 12:00-12:50 in the Band Hall (Walsh 104). Mr. Carter’s band (second band) meets in the Band Hall (Walsh 104) from 1:00-1:50. If the numbers support the formation of a complete third band, it will meet from 1:00-1:50 MWF in PepsiCo (Director TBA).


Auditions will consist of prepared music (see links), sight-reading and improvisation. ALL band scholarship students that play a jazz instrument are required to audition.

*Please check back closer to the beginning of the school year for any changes in this audition schedule.

THURSDAY - August 10
Drumset audition in Walsh 103 (West Studio)
Time: TBD as part of full day audition

THURSDAY - August 17
All Brass Auditiond in in Eckert Studio (Foster 006)
Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm

SUNDAY - August 20
Saxophone and piano/bass/guitar auditions are in Eckert Studio (Foster 006)
1:00pm – 6:00pm (Tentative Time)

MONDAY - August 21
First rehearsal for both bands – there may be call backs taking place during the first day’s rehearsal, so please have both time slots available.

2018 TCU Jazz Festival

The TCU School of Music and Department of Jazz Studies is proud to announce the 41st Annual TCU Jazz Festival, which will take place on March 23-24, 2018 on the TCU campus, featuring jazz great trumpeter, Bobby Shew.

Thirty outstanding high school and middle school jazz ensembles will perform for a distinguished panel of adjudicators and then have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with a member of the TCU Jazz faculty in a clinic setting.

The Friday evening concert will feature the TCU Jazz Faculty with our very special guest artist, trumpeter Bobby Shew. Mr.Shew will also perform on Saturday evening with the TCU Jazz Ensemble and present a performance clinic at noon.

Festival Registration will begin November 1.

TCU Percussion Studio

The TCU Percussion Studio, under the direction of Dr. Brian A. West, is dedicated to maximizing percussion education through a wide variety of performing ensembles and closely supervised private lesson structure.

The size of the studio (kept around 25-30 students) enables all students to receive a variety of performance opportunities and much indvidual attention. The emphasis of the studio is to give all students a well-rounded knowledge of percussion.

Find out more about the TCU Percussion Studio on their website.

The University Concert Band

The University Concert Band provides students from all academic disciplines, as well as members within the community, with a creative and positive music-making environment, with a limited rehearsal schedule.

Under the direction of Mr. Matt Garrett, a wide range of musical styles are offered, and opportunities are provided for music majors to develop on their secondary instruments.

Concert Band is offered in the Spring semester.

Basketball Band

The Texas Christian University Basketball Band performs for home Men's and Women's basketball Games and the Big 12 Conference Tournaments.

In past years, the Basketball Band has had the opportunity to travel to tournaments in Chicago, Cincinnati, Durham, Memphis, Boston, Las Vegas, and Kansas City.

This enthusiastic 50 member organization contributes greatly to the spirit and excitement of the TCU Campus. Members are paid a stipend for participation. Auditions are held in October. Contact Matt Garrett if you're interested in participating.