Category: Athletic Bands
Open House / Rehearsal:
Saturday, November 9th 1-6pm BU Band Room
(300 Babcock St., entrance 100-yards down Ashford St. side of building)
This ensemble is open to the entire BU community and to college-aged students from the greater Boston area who currently do not have a similar ensemble at their school.
There are NO AUDITIONS to get in – but we will most likely place you in the role that best suits your experience and ability.
Please complete this web form if you are interested in joining the BU Winter Percussion Ensemble. We will then contact you with more details.
The Boston University Winter Percussion Ensemble is focusing its efforts on becoming a consistent performing presence around Boston and on the BU campus during the 2013-2014 academic year. The BUWPE has already become a “fan favorite” at select BU hockey and basketball games, where the group has performed to standing ovations and sell-out crowds in and around the Agganis Arena. Notable performances around the Boston area include events such as the New England Patriots’ private 2005 Super Bowl Ring ceremony, performing on “The Wheel of Fortune” during taping in Boston, and performing at “College Night at Fenway Park” for a Red Sox game in 2012.
The 2013-2014 ensemble will consist of multiple performing units geared toward providing a fun, high-energy, and rigorous performance experience for all members. Expect performances from the full percussion ensemble, from the drumline and front ensembles separately, and from mixed-up, smaller “break out” ensembles that will feature a wide variety of percussion theater-centric performance opportunities (think “STOMP” or “Blue Man Group”).
Join the BUWPE today…you won’t want to miss out on this exciting opportunity!
The ensemble is currently endorsed by Vic Firth, Zildjian, and Remo.
Featuring Music From:
The Bourne Identity
And other great films of the genre….
THE ROSTERS BELOW WILL BE UPDATED BASED ON MEMBERS’ RESPONSE TO THE “BEANPOT EARLY GAME SIGN-UP” WEB FORM, BUT THE TIMES LISTED REMAIN THE SAME.
On Saturday, December 8th, the Boston University Bands Program hosted a regional audition for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. Comprised of 150 talented brass musicians, percussionists, and color guard, the Boston Crusaders tour the United States each summer and compete against other corps in the Drum Corps International (DCI) circuit. The ensemble regularly performs for over 300,000 fans per summer, and has been in existence since 1940.
About 28 Boston-area musicians showed up to vie for a spot in this elite group. Similar auditions were also held in Texas and Florida. The corps roster will be decided by January, and members then rehearse once a month before moving-in for Spring Training, where they learn a complex field show before hitting the road for a summer tour.
Corps Director Tom Spataro said of Saturday’s audition, “The BU Bands Program and the students of Kappa Kappa Psi were excellent hosts for the 2013 Boston auditions. The new facilities at BU provided a great setting for our camp, and we look forward to returning to BU in the future and building the relationship between our two programs.”
BU Director of Athletic Bands Aaron Goldberg and BU Bands graduate assistant Kristen Richard were both present, as they will be teaching the brass section of the 2013 Boston Crusaders, and several current BU Band members attended the audition as well.
Born and raised in Reading, MA, Ben Owens is very excited to be coming back to Boston to pursue a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance at Boston University.
Ben graduated with a degree in Music Education from the University of Delaware, where he spent four years in the Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band, Pep Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, trombone choir, Steel Band, Symphonic Band and an original member of the jazz trombone quintet, UD Slides. Ben has studied with Dr. Bruce Tychinski, Paul Arbogast, Dr. Jay Hildebrandt and Joe Mulligan.
Ben has had quite an extensive marching career, which began when he was 14. Not only has he completed four years of high school and 4 years of college marching band, but also 8 seasons of Drum Corps International. From 2005-2009, he was a member of the DCI Open Class corps, the Citations, based in Burlington, MA. During his 5 years with the corps, he was a featured baritone soloist. From 2010-2012, he spent three summers touring with the Blue Stars, a World Class corps based in La Crosse, WI. He marched his age out year with the Blue Stars in 2012. He is currently on staff with the Reading Memorial High School Marching Band.
Ben is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is very pleased to come back to Boston where he can openly root for his favorite teams, the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins.
The Boston University Band is preparing to perform with international indie-pop sensation “Foster the People” this Friday, June 15th. The BU Band will take the stage with “Foster the People” at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston to perform their latest hit “Houdini.” Promoters and management from Live Nation contacted BU a few months ago in an effort to book the Marching Band to perform “Houdini,” having seen the BU Band perform onstage at Fenway Park for a J. Geils Band & Aerosmith show in the summer of 2010. (The BU Band has also been featured in the 2003 movie Mystic River, has been a performing ensemble on the TV game show “Wheel of Fortune,” and the BU Drum Line performed at a private party for the New England Patriots after their Super Bowl Championship in 2005.) When asked about their upcoming performance, BU Band Director Aaron Goldberg said, “We are beyond excited to perform with ‘Foster the People’….they put on such a great show with such great energy, and we are happy to help augment that. The BU Band has done a great job preparing the song ‘Houdini’….you know it’s a great tune when you just can’t get it out of your head. We are looking forward to rocking out HARD with ‘Foster the People’ on Friday night!”
The 2012 Boston University Marching Band presents “Sounds of Our City” – A musical journey through the unique soundscape of Boston.
Featuring engaging music from every era of Boston; from the Revolutionary War, to the Irish Immigration of the 19th century, to the soul music of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, to the world-renown rock bands that have put this musical city on the map.
Just another engaging, in-your-face, and entertaining show from Boston’s own Marching Band…..the “Sound of Boston”…..
the BOSTON UNIVERSITY MARCHING BAND!!
After surviving in a temporary space for the past decade, Boston University Bands is proud to announce its move to a NEW, permanent facility!
The new Band Room will be in a renovated space at 300 Babcock St., just across the parking lot from the current Band Room at 278 Babcock St. It will have many wonderful features and amenities, such as:
- Clean, modern, academically-appropriate classroom & rehearsal space, outfitted with audio/visual equipment, and free of storage
- Acoustically treated walls and ceilings for hearing safety
- Three rehearsal areas (large, medium, and small), with only the large area being shared with the ROTC program
- Two locked storage rooms for electronics and percussion equipment
- Two hallways of personal instrument lockers with security cameras
- Swipe-card access to the “Band Suite” (area not shared with ROTC)
- Restrooms equipped with changing areas
- Organized storage for uniforms, instruments, equipment and music
- A shared office
- Wireless internet on the BU network
- Yard lines on the floor of the large rehearsal room for indoor marching practice
Renovations should be complete by Commencement in May, and we will begin moving in immediately afterwards. We are very excited about this new space, and we hope it serve the students of BU Bands for many years to come. If you have any questions or are interested in donating towards new equipment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.