University Bands


If you have experience on a wind instrument, we hope you will consider performing in one of our fine ensembles. The Radford University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Wayne Gallops, provide music majors and non-majors with wonderful performance opportunities throughout the academic year. Each year the Bands prepare 6-8 on-campus concerts. The Douglas and Bea Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts serves as home to the Radford University Bands, featuring rehearsal halls and a state of the art performance space.

Placement in the Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band is by informal audition during the first week of classes.

The Chamber Wind Ensembles also perform in concert at various university venues and tour throughout the region.

Wind Ensemble

The University Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Wayne Gallops and is comprised of the finest wind and percussion players on campus. The wind ensemble programs substantial band works and transcriptions. Membership is through audition. MUSC 310 (1): Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 3-4:10 p.m.

Support the Wind Ensemble’s Trip to Ireland! Our Wind Ensemble is traveling to Ireland March 6-13, 2016 for a unique study and performance abroad opportunity. Click here to learn more and to make a donation today to support this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Symphonic Band

Membership in the Symphonic Band is through informal audition. Any music major or non-major may seek a position in this fine ensemble. The symphonic band is under the direction of Dr. Gallops and his graduate assistants. Concerts are scheduled periodically each semester. MUSC 310 (2): Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:10 to 5 p.m.

Pep Band

Radford students enjoy encouraging our Division I Big South athletic teams through participation in the pep band. The pep band performs for a number of home games and some postseason tournaments. Volunteer positions in the pep band are open to all Radford University students. Contact Dr. Dayl Burnett (Director of Pep Band) for more information.

Chamber Wind Ensembles

Music majors are assigned to various chamber wind ensembles that meet and perform in conjunction with wind ensemble rehearsals and performances.

Band Staff

Dr. Wayne Gallops – 
Director of University Bands

Josh Turner – 
Graduate Conducting Assistant

Kayla Short
 – Library Equipment

Stephen Marion
 – Personnel/Equipment

Christie Simmons – Equipment/Library

RU Bands 2016 – 2017 Season

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!

Wednesday - October 5, 2016
Radford University Wind Symphony
Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor

“MARCH” from the First Suite in Eb

Gustav Holst

Russian Christmas Music

Alfred Reed

On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss

David Holsinger

Irish Tune from County Derry & Shepherds Hey

Percy Grainger

“MASS” from La Fiesta Mexicana

Owen Reed

The Black Horse Troop

 J. P. Sousa

 “FINALE” from Pineapple Poll

Arthur Sullivan

Student Conductor Concert

Wednesday - November 16, 2016
University Symphonic Band
Selections TBA

University Wind Ensemble – Chamber Winds

Wednesday - December 7, 2016
Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor


Davide Delle Cese

Suite of Old American Dances

 Robert Russell Bennett

The Promise of Living from “Tender Land”

 Aaron Copland


Peter Mennin


Tri-State Chamber Winds Festival

Friday - March 24, 2017
Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor
Josh Turner, graduate conducting assistant
RU Wind Concerto Winner TBA

Symphonic Band

Ghost Train

Eric Whitacre


 George Gershwin

Orpheus in the Underworld

Jacques Offenbach

Bandology March

 Eric Osterling


Wind Ensemble

RU Wind Concerto Winner


Sym. No. IV  “Bookmarks from Japan”

 Julie Giroux

 “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide

Leonard Bernstein


Wind Symphony

Armenian Dances Part I

Alfred Reed


University Symphonic Band

Wednesday - April 19, 2017
Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor
Josh Turner, graduate conducting assistant
Guest Ensemble – Pulaski High School Band – Matt Shrewsberry, director

Selections TBA

University Wind Ensemble And Chamber Winds

Wednesday - April 26, 1017
Dr. R. Wayne Gallops, conductor
Dr. Dayl Burnett, trombone
Prof. Jeff Kresge, trumpet


Richard Strauss

Fandango for Trumpet – Trombone and Wind Ensemble

 Joseph Turrin

Colas Breugnon Overture

Dimitri Kabaleski

Symphony No. 2

 Frank Ticheli

Wait of the World from “Stormworks”

Stephen Melillo

Past Seasons