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Welcome to Rowan University Bands! We are proud to offer performance opportunities for students of any and all majors. Whether you are studying to become a professional musician or educator, engineer or psychologist, we hope that you will join one of our fine ensembles. Explore this page to learn more about our music, our musicians, and upcoming events. Please follow Rowan Bands on Facebook @ to stay up-to-date with recent photos and videos from rehearsals and performances.
A LOOK BACK: Over the years, we have curated Department-wide series that explore socially-conscious themes and subjects relevant to our community. Click here to learn more about our 2018-2019 "Untold Stories: Truth & Music" programming and 2017-2018 "Music of Social Justice" events.
Rowan University Pep Band
Summer Band Camp
WINDFEST 2022 Honor Band
Rowan University Conducting Workshop 
Dr. Higgins Honor Band Resources

Wind Ensemble
Joseph Higgins, conductor

The Wind Ensemble is the premier band of the College of Performing Arts at Rowan University. Its members are advanced and versatile musicians who perform the finest large ensemble and chamber music literature, including world premiere performances from today's most innovative and exceptional composers. Collaborative programming showcases our student-musicians interacting with Rowan's outstanding faculty and visiting guest artists from around the world. With each unique performance, audiences join the Wind Ensemble on a journey that uses music to explore a theme, idea, or place. The ensemble was recently invited to perform at the prestigious 2020 CBDNA Eastern Division Conference. Rehearsals are held on Mondays (12:30-1:45pm), Tuesdays & Thursdays (2:00-3:15pm).

For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Higgins via email:

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Rowan University Wind Ensemble rehearses in Pfleeger Concert Hall, Spring 2019.


Rowan University Symphonic Band performs Aaron Copland's "I Bought Me A Cat", featuring baritone Joseph Barton, Fall 2018.

Concert Band (AKA "College Band")
Mark Kadetsky, conductor

The Rowan University Concert Band is comprised of music majors as well as talented students from many other disciplines (AND faculty members from all campus colleges!). Exploring a variety works for band, the ensemble prides itself in achieving a consistently high level of performance. Student-musicians share in the excitement of the creative process as they prepare two concerts each semester. All interested students are encouraged to contact the conductor for more information. Rehearsals are held each Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-6:15pm.

Interested in joining us? We are always accepting new members on all winds/brass/percussion instruments! Please register for this course, or contact Dr. Higgins via email at to request more information.

Rowan University Concert Band performs a free campus concert outside the Chamberlain Student Center.


Rowan University Concert Band rehearses in Wilson Hall, Fall 2019.

Rowan University Pep Band

The Rowan University Pep Band is a high-energy and wildly popular ensemble of brass, saxes, rhythm section instrumentalists, and vocalists. This group can be seen around campus entertaining crowds at home football games, commencement ceremonies, and other athletic and special events throughout the year. Membership is selected by audition when spots are available. For information about Pep Band or to inquire about auditions, please contact the Pep Band Director, Keith Bianchini:

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Rowan University Pep Band performs for 2019 Commencement Ceremonies

Spring 2022 - We are thrilled to welcome you back to Pfleeger Concert Hall for LIVE performances!

Symphonic Band & Concert Band: "Life Painting"
---Tuesday, February 22, 7:30pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall
  • Jess Turner – Bock Fanfares
  • Aaron Perrine – Life Painting
  • Carol Britten Chambers – Byzantine Dances
  • Frank Ticheli – Cajun Folk Songs
  • Camille Saint-Saëns – Carnival of the Animals
  • ...and more!

Wind Ensemble: "Stone of Hope"
---Thursday, March 3, 7:30pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams – Flourish for Wind Band
  • Pedro Iturralde – Pequeña Czarda
  • Eric Ewazen – Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble (featuring Zachary Feingold, bassoon)
  • Jennifer Jolley – March!
  • Denis DiBlasio – Stone of Hope (World Premiere!)
  • Buck McDaniel – Saxophone Concerto: So Love Was Crowned, but Music Won the Cause (World Premiere featuring Noa Even, saxophone)
  • Omar Thomas – Of Our New Day Begun
Symphonic Band & Concert Band: "Beneath the Canopy - An Earth Day Celebration"
---Thursday, April 21, 7:30pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall
  • Cait Nishimura – Beneath the Canopy
  • Yukiko Nishimura – Ancient Flower
  • John Carnahan – …And the antelope play
  • Jodie Blackshaw – Letter from Sado
  • ...and more!

Wind Ensemble & Brass Band: "One Life Beautiful" featuring Rowan Bands Alumni
---Sunday, April 24, 2:00pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall

  • Steve Danyew – Magnolia Star
  • Traditional (arr. Donald Hunsberger) – Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms (featuring Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, trumpet)
  • Julie Giroux – One Life Beautiful
  • Gustav Holst – First Suite in E-flat
  • ...and more!

EIGHTH BLACKBIRD (with the Rowan University Wind Ensemble)
---Friday, April 29, 8:00pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall

  • Viet Cuong – Vital Sines
  • ...and more!

Socially Conscious Programming

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"The Empathy Machine: Socially Conscious Programming" Presentation Slides (Higgins, 2019)

Check out Rowan's 2017-2018 "Music of Social Justice" Series Details

Rowan Bands Concert Programs (recent samples)

HONOR BAND RESOURCES (only available when honor bands are in session):