The University of Charleston Squadron of Gold Marching Band is dedicated to representing the university through athletic and community events with high level of performance of the marching arts. Students perform in a variety of sections such as winds, drumline, color guard and twirlers. Students explore modern corps style drill, a variety of musical repertoire and embrace the University of Charleston traditions.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) is a concert ensemble for advanced woodwinds, brass, and percussion performers who entertain and expose audiences to contemporary, historic and popular repertoire of the modern wind band. This ensemble has two to four performances opportunities throughout the semester. Performers are expected to elevate their instrumental and performance skills, develop an advanced understanding of the performance process, and establish emotional connections between themselves, the ensemble and our audience.
The UC Jazz Orchestra (UCJO) is a modern big band committed to performing classic jazz literature to modern styles such as Latin, Funk and Rock. This ensemble has two to four performances opportunities throughout the semester. Performers are expected to elevate their instrumental and performance skills, develop an advanced understanding of the performance process, and establish emotional connections between themselves, the ensemble and our audience.
Auditions/Interviews are schedule in 15-30 minute increments. During the auditions, students will be demonstrating their abilities with:
Percussion students should perform a 2-3 minute solo or etude of their choice on each of the following three instruments:
*Students who wish to be considered for Jazz Orchestra or Pep Band
Ask your director, private lesson teacher, or email UC for suggestions. These solos/etudes can be something recently performed at a Solo & Ensemble Festival, or that you are studying.
Students who live more than 250 miles from an audition site may submit a video audition. Each audition is to be recorded and uploaded to YouTube and the link submitted to the Director of University Bands Please contact the Department of Instrumental Music for details.
Students who wish to take the Music Theory Exam and Proficiency Test to strengthen their scholarship candidacy.
John Christian is the newly appointed Director of University Bands at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia. Prior to his current appointment, he served as a PK-12 Fine Arts Chair and Music Educator at schools Kazakhstan, Morocco and the United States. He has also held higher education posts at Southern Catholic College, Barry University, Alma College, Kazakh National Conservatory and the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Mr. Christian has been a Guest Conductor at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial – Pearl Harbor, the Australian Band and Orchestra Association Convention in Melbourne, Australia, the NAfME National Convention in Minneapolis, MN, Georgian National Conservatory-Tbilisi, Kazakh National Conservatory-Almaty, college and universities. Mr. Christian has been an active conductor and adjudicator for festivals at Hard Rock Live, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. In 2013, he conducted a series of chamber wind concerts with performers of the Atlanta Symphony and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics.
Mr. Christian has also conducted honor ensembles, clinics and lectured at higher education institutions on Music Education on Independent/Parochial School in ten states, Europe, Asia and Africa. He was appointed three terms as a National Instrumental Music Teacher Mentor for NAfME and was nominated to the Advisory Board for the Music Educators Journal in 2010-11 school year.
John earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Master of Arts from Central Michigan University. He also has done post-graduate study in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His mentors include Dr. Glenn Hayes and John Williamson.
His Professional Memberships Include: National Association for Music Education, West Virginia Music Educators Association, American String Teachers Association, College Band Directors National Association, Educational Theatre Association, The Conductors Guild, International Society for Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.
For more information, contact:
John Christian, MA
Director of University Bandsjohnchristian@ucwv.edu304-352-0040
Download the UC Band Scholarship Application.