The “Spirit of Northwestern” Marching Band is a focal point of pride at athletic events, in parades and at other University functions throughout the year. On the street or on the field, their regal purple and white uniforms reflect the class and spirit of one of the South’s oldest and finest educational institutions. Music and marching formations are a unique blend of traditional and contemporary styles. The development of leadership skills through excellence in musical performance, marching performance, scholastic achievement and social opportunity is merely one of the fringe benefits of membership. Band members have consistently won recognition on campus, are active in many campus organizations, and have traditionally had the highest grade point average among campus organizations.
This year, our “SON” Demon Marching Band boasts a total membership of 309. Membership in the “Spirit of Northwestern” is open to all students, regardless of major. Approximately 60% of the members are not music majors. Other university bands open to membership are the Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and numerous chamber groups.
The Alumni Band was originally formed back in the 1970’s and was called the “Old Timer’s Band”. Over the years the Alumni Band disappeared, then re-emerged in 1990, when some alumni members got together to form an organization that would support the “Spirit of Northwestern” through scholarships. This band did not perform at any games and lived only a couple of years.
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Conductor. The Spring Wind Symphony rehearses MWF, 12:00 to 1:50, presents several concerts on campus, as well as a tour of area high schools during the semester. In addition, the Wind Symphony participates in the NSU Conductor’s Conference in March. The Wind Symphony frequently performs for the NSU Commencement Ceremony.
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the conductor. The Wind Ensemble rehearses MWF, 3:00 to 4:50 p.m., presents several concerts on campus, and participates in the NSU Conductor’s Conference in March. The Wind Ensemble frequently performs for the NSU Commencement Ceremony.
Magale Concert Band & Fredericks Concert Band
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Conductor. The Symphony Band rehearses TR, 2:00 to 3:50 p.m. and presents several concerts on campus during the semester.
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Conductor. Members of the Jazz Ensemble are required to adhere to all attendance, performance and conduct rules of the University Bands.
Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Director. Spirit of Northwestern rehearsals are held on MWF, 3:00 to 4:50 p.m. During the fall semester, band students should also enroll in MUS 1300-45N (Pep Band) to receive credit for pre-school rehearsals.
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Conductor. Members of the Pep Band are required to attend all NSU Men’s and Women’s Basketball games and rehearsals as announced by the Conductor.
Adding color and excitement to all Demon Band performances is the 40-member “NSU Color Guard”. Both flags and rifles, as well as other props, are used to enhance the performance of the “SON”.Auditions will be held for the Colorguard on November 10, 2018 and May 4, 2019. Both auditions are held at the Health and P.E. Majors building, 170 Tarlton Drive, Natchitoches, LA 71497. Click HERE for additional information!
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The Demon Dazzlers continue to serve as the official jazz line for Northwestern State University, performing for NSU Demon pep rallies, football and basketball games. Open practices are held on March 10, 2018 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, and April 13, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The Demon Dazzlers blend the styles of precision movements to produce a unique style of precision-jazz dance. The audition date is April 21, 2018 , 8:30 am and auditions will be held at the NSU Health and P.E. Majors Building.
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Dr. Jeffrey Mathews
Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 112B
Mr. Kenneth Green
Associate Professor of Percussion
Associate Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 114B
Mr. Dan McDonald
Assistant Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 114A
Mr. Oliver Molina
Assistant Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 120
Demon Heat Colorguard Coordinator
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