Bands and Ensembles

Athletic Bands

The Athletic Bands are a contingent of ensembles that embody the spirit and vigor of Boston University. Ensembles in the Athletic Bands program include Marching Band, Pep Band, Winter Drumline, Winter Guard, and the summer Scarlet Band. Read more about these high-energy groups, watch videos, or check out the FAQ’s here. Email with any questions.

Concert Ensembles

The University Ensembles Concert Ensemble program consists of a full orchestra called the All-Campus Orchestra and the Concert Band. Auditions for seating in these ensembles takes place during the first week of classes each September. If you miss the auditions please email and we will find a home for you.

Jazz Ensembles

The Boston University Jazz Ensembles consist of the BU Big Band, Jazz Workshop, and two Jazz Combos. These ensembles are open to all students of BU, regardless of major. Auditions for placement and seating in all Jazz Ensembles take place during the first week of classes each September. Membership for the full academic year is encouraged, but not mandatory. Open positions in the spring will be filled as needed (email if you miss auditions in September).


The Boston University Symphonic Chorus is open to all musicians in the campus community: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and friends. BU community members sing alongside music performance majors from the School of Music, collectively forming the premiere choral ensemble at Boston University. Each performance typically features a large choral work, often including orchestra and vocal soloists. The ensemble presents one concert each semester, including an annual performance at Symphony Hall, the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.