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If you have musical talent, then FSU is the place for you. Whether you aspire to perform professionally or teach others to love music as much as you, performing in an ensemble at FSU is an unforgettable experience. The Marching Bronco Express continues the pageantry, showmanship, and precision drumlines which have become its tradition. The University Choir is in demand to perform in a variety of venues across the state. In addition we have the following ensembles: concert band and percussion, trumpet, string and jazz ensembles. These ensembles perform a variety of styles and genres in venues both on and off campus. Successful audition is required for membership in all ensembles regardless of major.

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Major Ensembles

Concert Band

Concert Band is offered both Fall and Spring Semesters for one hour of academic credit. This organization performs at various concerts in the area and around the country. Membership in this ensemble is achieved by successful completion of an audition and/or by permission of the Director of Bands.
For more information, please contact Alfred Davis, Band Director at (910) 672-1446 or davis50@uncfsu.edu.

Marching Bronco Express

The marching band at Fayetteville State University ("Marching Bronco Express" or "MBX") is the major performing organization of the university. The MBX has performed for thousands of people around the country at various parades, countless home and away football games and events at venues on campus and around the Southeastern NC region. This award winning band was also selected to represent the CIAA in the 2009 Honda Battle of the Bands in Atlanta, GA, an invitational band exhibition for HBCU Bands where only ten bands are selected to participate. Participation in the MBX is open to all students following audition and permission of the MBX Band Staff.
For more information, please contact Alfred Davis, Band Director at (910) 672-1446 or adavis50@uncfsu.edu.

FSU Concert Choir

The FSU University Choir has a long and rich history that dates back to 1883. The University Choir maintains a busy performance schedule. Not only are they are in demand to perform at university and civic events, they have toured Europe, Canada, and the United States. The choir’s repertoire includes anthems, spirituals, gospel, and standard choral literature from all musical periods. Membership is open to all majors through audition.
For more information or audition requirements please contact Denise Payton at 910-672-1457 or dpayton1@uncfsu.edu

FSU Orchestra

The FSU String Ensemble performs literature from all musical periods and regularly includes jazz and popular music from all cultures in its repertoire. Such repertoire exposes students to a wide range of performance practices and opens up opportunities for collaboration with other groups such as the jazz, wood wind, percussion or brass ensembles. The string ensemble performs for departmental, campus, and community events. Membership is open to all string players (violin, viola, cello, bass) by audition regardless of major.
For more information about auditions or to schedule a performance, please contact Dr.Diane Phoenix-Neal at 910-672-1749 or dphoenix@uncfsu.edu


Chamber Ensembles

FSU Brass Ensemble

The FSU Brass Ensemble offers a select group of brass players (music majors, minors, and non-majors) an opportunity to perform in a mixed brass chamber ensemble. The brass ensemble explores a repertoire that spans centuries – from the Renaissance to the present and all the styles and genres in between. The ensemble performs regularly on departmental recital events such as Chamber Music Night and An Evening of Brass and Percussion. They are also in demand to perform at ceremonial events both on and off campus. They have performed for the College of Arts and Sciences Awards Ceremony, the Veterans Day Ceremony at the VA Hospital, and before numerous high school and middle school students in the region. Membership is by audition or instructor permission.
For more information about auditions or performance schedule, please contact Dr. Sheryl Linch-Parker at 910-672-1528 or slinch@uncfsu.edu.

FSU Jazz Express

The FSU Jazz Express is a contemporary jazz ensemble with "big-band" instrumentation (Trumpets, Trombones, Saxophones, Piano, Bass, Drums, Percussion and Guitar). The Express performs music from various style periods including bebop, cool, swing and contemporary. FSU Jazz Express performs concerts on campus in Seabrook Auditorium as part of FSU Jazz Night. Regional and nationally recognized guest artists have been a part of Jazz Express performances. The Express has performed concerts at local schools, on the Ft. Bragg military complex and at events in Raleigh and Durham. FSU Jazz Express is open to all interested students, whether music major or not. The ability to read music is required. Experience in the art of jazz improvisation is appreciated and encouraged, but not required for participation.
For more information about auditions or to schedule a performance, please contact Dr. Neal Finn at 910-672-1397 or nfinn@uncfsu.edu.

Opera Workshop

The Opera Workshop artists participate through role-playing and connection to contemporary day instances. Students interrelate with the material and begin to make more complex associations between art and life. Presentations through opera scenes, solos, duets, trios, quartets are representative of the opera workshop program at Fayetteville State University
For more information or audition requirements please contact Denise Payton at 910-672-1457 or dpayton1@uncfsu.edu   

Trumpet Choir

FSU Trumpet Choir is one of the newest performing groups in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts. Established in the fall of 2008, the FSU Trumpet Choir is designed to offer trumpeters (music majors, minors, and non-majors) practical experience in playing chamber music written exclusively for trumpets. The trumpet choir performs traditional, contemporary, and trumpet ensemble literature for both concert and ceremonial settings. The FSU Trumpet Choir performances include the newly established "Trumpet Fest" in the fall semester as well as commencement ceremonies for the University. In the Spring 2010, the FSU Trumpet Choir collaborated with the FSU Percussion Ensemble to present original jazz arrangements with guest soloist Dr. Cara Pollard (Tarleton State University) and Daryl McCain (Motivational Speaker/Music Industry consultant) as part of the Music Education and Beyond event. The FSU Trumpet Choir has also worked with guest clinicians, Mike Vax (jazz trumpeter), Dr. Leonard Foy (DePauw University) and Judith Saxton (University of North Carolina School of the Arts) and has performed for high schools and middle schools in the area. Membership is by audition or instructor permission.

FSU Percussion Ensemble

The FSU Percussion Ensemble was created in 2004. Since its creation, the ensemble has performed in diverse venues locally and regionally for such events as the North Carolina Day of Percussion every spring and the International Folk Festival (Fayetteville, NC). The ensemble has performed, hosted, and been used as the clinic group for the North Carolina Day of Percussion, the UNCP Percussion Festival, and FSU Percussion events with clinicians as Carl Allen (Jazz Drummer), Johnny L. Lane (Remo educational clinician), Lalo Davila (Middle Tennessee State Univ.), Jonathan Bisesi (President’s Own Marine Band), Michael Burritt (Eastman School of Music), Chris Hart (Remo Inc. – Marketing), So Percussion Group, She-Wu (Northwestern University), and Dr. John Parks (Florida State University). The percussion ensemble is known for introducing percussive arts traditions from around the world – Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and the Far East – to a wider audience. Membership is by audition or instructor permission and is open to all students regardless of major.
For more information about auditions or to schedule a performance, please contact Dr. Don N. Parker at 910-672-1253 or dparker@uncfsu.edu.

Mane Attraction

Inspired by the all-female Sweet Honey in the Rock, Mane Attraction is an a capella group that performs original and traditional compositions that expresses the joys and pain of being young, female, and African American. The groups name refers to the flowing mane of the university’s mascot, the Bronco. Membership is by audition only.
For more information or audition requirements please contact Denise Payton at 910-672-1457 or dpayton1@uncfsu.edu

Men of Distinction

This ensemble represents the rich heritage of male groups from the 1950s to the present. The focus is on vocal jazz, doo-wop, quartets as well as pop, arranged spirituals and anthems. This is an auditioned group and performances range from campus as well as community events.
For more information or audition requirements please contact Denise Payton at 910-672-1457 or dpayton1@uncfsu.edu 

Pep Band

Pep Band here at FSU is the main spirit and musical ensemble for the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. The Pep Band performs music that is from the Marching Band repertoire along with special selections that will be arranged to that group. This ensemble will perform at all home men and women basketball games and at the CIAA Basketball Tournament, with the possibility of performing at NCAA Division II tournament games if one or both teams are selected for the tournament. A practice and performance schedule will be distributed in November. All students who performed in Marching Band are eligible to perform in this ensemble.
For more information, please contact Alfred Davis, Band Director at (910) 672-1446 or adavis50@uncfsu.edu.

For more information about auditions or performance schedule, please contact Dr. Sheryl Linch-Parker at 910-672-1528 or slinch@uncfsu.edu.
Woodwind Ensemble

For more information about auditions or performance schedule, please contact Dr. Sheryl Linch-Parker at 910-672-1528 or slinch@uncfsu.edu.

 

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