The bands at UNC Charlotte are dedicated to broadening the artistic level and interest of their members while performing both new music and music of historical interest. Whether your interest is participating in a quality concert ensemble or playing as a member of a high energy athletic band, we have a place waiting for you. Each year students from every major in every college join one or more of our band organizations.


The Wind Ensemble (MUPF 1112) is the university's most advanced organization for winds and percussion, performing a wide variety of music from traditional to contemporary.  The Wind Ensemble presents two concerts per semester on campus and frequently gives concert tours throughout North Carolina and the Southeast.  All participants must audition at the beginning of each semester by performing prepared excerpts which can be found below. Wind Ensemble meets MWF 2:30 - 3:45 in Robinson 210.

Spring 2021 Wind Ensemble Auditions will be done by video submission no later than 11:59pm on January 11, 2021.
Audition excerpts can be found at: 
1. Video yourself from the front and do not play directly into the mic if you are a brass player (directional instruments).
2. Make sure there is some distance between you and the mic/camera.
3. Try to use the best equipment that you have access to.
4. Recording procedure:
     --Clearly state your name before you begin playing
     --Record all of your excerpts in order (take a few seconds between excerpts)
     --Excerpts should be played close to the marked tempi
     --Record all excerpts in one video (do not send or combine multiple video files)
     --Do not edit your video
     --Upload your video file no later than 11:59pm, January 11th to:

The Symphonic Band (MUPF 1113) is largely designed for students who are not majoring in music.  It presents one concert each semester, offering a diverse and exciting repertoire. All music majors and minors required to audition at the beginning of each semester, but no audition is required of other university students unless the student elects to do so.  A brief hearing may be needed in specific sections, as determined by instrumentation, to establish part placement. TR 4:00 - 5:15.

The Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band (MUPF 1118) consists of students from each of the eight colleges at UNC Charlotte. This highly visible ensemble of 165 musicians entertains audiences at all Charlotte 49ers home football games and in the community with a unique combination of tremendous spirit and high-quality performances. MWF 4:00-6:00. For more information, please visit

The 49er Basketball Band (MUPF 1114) performs for both men's and women's basketball teams throughout the basketball season.  Since UNC Charlotte is an NCAA Division I school, band members travel to annual tournament games, including the NCAA basketball tournament.  This ensemble is only  open to students who participate in the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band.

Contact Us

Shawn Smith
Director of Bands