Bands at UWG

University Bands

Conducted by Dr. Josh Byrd, The University of West Georgia Wind Ensemble is a select instrumental wind and percussion ensemble open to all UWG students by audition.  As the premier wind band at West Georgia the ensemble is comprised of the most advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion players at the university.  This ensemble performs a wide range of literature and regularly features some of the finest guest soloists and composers in the southeast.  The Wind Ensemble meets during both fall and spring semesters, and performs four on-campus concerts and a spring tour.  Audition materials can be found on the band’s website at

The Symphonic Band is conducted by Dr. Cale Self and serves as a non-auditioned concert band open to all students, faculty, and staff at West Georgia.  The Symphonic Band meets during the spring only and performs two concerts over the course of the semester.

The University of West Georgia Marching BandThe Sound that Lights the South—is open to all UWG wind, percussion, and guard students on campus.  As a class, all students participating in marching band receive credit for this ensemble.  The Marching Band performs in a variety of venues including home games, select away games, and area marching band exhibitions.  The Marching Band is a unique ensemble that combines Drum Corps style marching techniques with Show Band elements for pregame and halftime shows.

The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Dan Bakos, performs on campus and on regional tours.  This big band ensemble serves as the resident band for the annual Sunbelt Jazz Festival, featuring clinic sessions and performances by notable world-class artists such as Bobby Shew, Chris Vadala, Jerry Coker, Vincent DiMartino, Steve Weist, Rob McConnell, Gary Foster, Lew Soloff, Ignacio Berroa, Marvin Stamm, Bob McChesney, and others.  Auditions are held each semester.  Smaller jazz combos are also available.

The “Wolfgang” basketball Pep Band performs for the men’s and women’s home basketball games.  The ensemble is open to all qualified students at UWG but seating is limited to 36 members (preference will be given to current members of the Marching Band).  Instrumentation includes woodwinds, brass, percussion, and electric bass.

All ensembles earn academic credit and are open to all West Georgia students.

Dr. Josh Byrd     Director of Bands
Dr. Cale Self      Associate Director of Bands
Dr. Dan Bakos    Director of Jazz Studies

UWG Bands

The official website of the Band Program at the University of West Georgia