Wind Ensemble Tour 2014!

The UWG Wind Ensemble is heading out on its annual tour this week! If you’re nearby any of our performances, we’d love to see you at the concerts! Here’s the rundown:

Thursday, April 3rd:
8:30AM – South Paulding High School
11:30AM – Newnan High School
6:00PM – Chapel Hill High School

Friday, April 4th:
11:30AM – Collins Hill High School
3:30PM – North Gwinnett Middle School

Web Registration for TSTLTS is Now Open!

In the menu beneath our banner picture, you’ll notice a new option. Clicking that link will take you to the online registration form that gives us all the information we need to know about you and lets us know that you’ll be a part of the 33rd edition of The Sound That Lights the South! As soon as you click send, you’ll be sent an email with a welcome letter from Drs. Byrd and Self and some pertinent information.

We’ve got some big changes happening in the band program right now that we’re very excited about. First, we’re very happy to announce that we will be traveling to both the Valdosta St. and Shorter away games. Also, in order to make room for fall Wind Ensemble (and because we know how precious your time is), we’re cutting back rehearsal time for marching band again. We will rehearse Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:15PM on non-performance weeks. When we have a game or exhibition, we will add a 5:30-7:30PM rehearsal Friday evening.

The theme for this fall’s field show will be Blue Light, Red Light and will feature jazz and funk music. We will have another exciting announcement coming up later this week when we post the leadership team for the fall.

Go West, Go Band, and GO WOLVES!!!

Interviews/Auditions for the 2014 Edition of TSTLTS!

Hello Wolves!!!

Interviews for the Leadership Team and auditions for Drum Major for the 2014 Edition of The Sound That Lights the South are coming up! Timeslots for interviews will be posted next week and will take place February 19th-21st. To apply, all you need to do is compose a letter of application for the Leadership Team, print it out, and slip it under Dr. Self’s door (HUM 339). All applicants will apply for the Leadership Team – specific positions will be chosen by the directors at the conclusion of interviews.

Dollars for Scholars Winner!

Kota Aranda, a sophomore music major, was subbing for our regular drummer at last night’s basketball games against Valdosta St. He was also the winner of the Georgia Lottery’s Dollars for Scholars drawing and is receiving $1,000! Way to go Kota!!!

pep band kota lottery winner


The Wolfgang Pep Band starts its 2014 season tonight in the Coliseum as our Wolves take on the Tigers from West Alabama! Rehearsal is at 3:30PM in the band room – tip-offs for the games are 5:30 and 7:30. Please wear gray band shirts. Even if you aren’t registered, come on out and play – it’s a great time! See you this afternoon, and LET’S GO WOLVES!!!

Spring 2014 Wind Ensemble Results

Students, thank you so much for a wonderful audition process!  Dr. Self can attest to the fact that we heard many, many fine auditions.  Members, please note that you must sign up for class (just refer to the slip you were handed during your audition); just let me know if you have any issues, etc.  Also, you will receive your music via email over the next 7-10 days so please check your inboxes!!!  We have a ton of great music lined up and we will hit the ground running on Wednesday, January 8th.

Thanks again to all who auditioned and have a WONDERFUL holiday break!!!


Dr. Byrd

Congratulations to the members of the Spring 2014 Wind Ensemble [listed in alphabetical order, * = principal player(s)]:


  • Valyncia Allen*
  • Taylor Bobo
  • Gabriella Kiser
  • Anna Sewall


  • Asha Brown


  • Kayla Heath


Valeetia Allen*

  • Emily Fenn
  • Emily Hunt
  • Emily Manis
  • Naomi Thompson
  • Diane Wilcurt*

Bass Clarinet

  • Lauren Graham
  • Renee Jacobi (contrabass when needed)


  • Nic Chambers
  • Jake Hodges*
  • David Jones
  • Reggie Leigh
  • Ben Lively
  • Matt Marshall
  • Taylor Moore


  • Justin Hites*
  • Zoe Kriegel
  • Josh Neace*
  • Destiny Segars
  • Cody Whitworth


  • Katie Kirchoff
  • Emily Lamb*
  • Jeff Lynch
  • Drew Palmer


  • Alex Ferre
  • Tony McCarley*
  • Erik Payton
  • Keidis Smith


  • Jon Buchholz
  • Todd Corley*
  • Amber Mealer


  • Alex Ansaldo*
  • Dylan Burch*


  • Spencer Davis*
  • Shawn Morris
  • Christian Ogletree
  • Matt Pierce
  • Cameron Rothwell
  • Ryan Sanders*
  • Matt Turner


3:15 – stretch/breathe
3:30 – full band music (National Anthem, God Bless America)
3:55 – halftime rehearsal (full show)
4:25 – pregame rehearsal (normal pregame minus Georgia)
4:45 – announcements and dismissal

6:30 – call time in stands in full uniform
6:55 – depart stands for field
7:05 – step-off for pregame (Veteran’s salute plus Senior recognition)
7:30 – kick-off (Let’s Go Wolves! Beat Statesman/Okra!!!)