UNK offers several diverse opportunities for participation; our bands are Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band,the Pride of the Plains Marching Band, Jazz/Rock Ensemble, and the Pep Band.  Membership in Marching Band and Symphonic Band is open to all UNK students; membership in Wind Ensemble and Jazz/Rock Ensemble is by audition only.  The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band are regularly invited performers for the Nebraska Music Educators Association Conventions, and the Pride of the Plains Marching Band has performed three times for Rome's New Year's Day Parade (2006, 2009 and 2012) and for President Bill Clinton in 1998.

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Pride of the Plains Marching Band

The UNK “Pride of the Plains” Marching Band performs at home football games, parades, and takes one trip to an away football game each fall. Open to winds, percussion, and colorguard, the ensemble is recognized for quality performances and a unique student leadership model.

The ensemble meets MWF from 3:30PM - 5:00PM and marches 2-3 shows during the semester.

Dr. Duane Bierman - Director of Bands

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band is a non-auditioned instrumental ensemble open to all university students who play wind or percussion instruments.

The ensemble meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:30-4:20 during the spring semester and performs 2-3 concerts.


Dr. Brian Alber - Assistant Director of Bands


MyBLUE Class Information:

MUS 104: Symphonic Band

Class Nbr: 11473

Wind Ensemble

This is an audition-only group of 35-40 players. It provides “the best wind literature available at the university level.”

The ensemble meets TTh from 3:30PM – 5:00PM, and performs 3 concerts during the academic year which includes performing at graduation commencement. The ensemble also tours each spring.

Dr. Duane Bierman - Director of Bands

MyBLUE Class Information:
MUS 105: Wind Ensemble
Class Nbr: 12448

Jazz/Rock Ensemble & Jazz Combo

The UNK Jazz/Rock Ensemble, one of the top performing and touring groups on campus, serves as a laboratory for music students to hone their jazz performance skills and as a small ensemble for university students who want to play big band jazz. The instrumentation consists of five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets, two keyboard players who double on synthesizers, electric bass, electric guitar and two percussionists. All university students are eligible to audition. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 12:15, and each section rehearses individually once each week. During Fall semester, the band prepares a December concert and during the Spring semester, an April concert. Occasionally, the Ensemble participates in national festivals such as the University of Northern Colorado's Greeley Jazz Festival.

More information about Jazz Combo coming soon.

For more information, contact Tim Farrell.