Instrumental Groups and Ensembles
Commercial Music Ensemble
Golden Griffon Marching Band
The GGMB host the annual Tournament of Champions marching festival in Spratt Stadium on the MWSU campus. More than 20 or our area’s finest bands come together to share their shows and compete as a national‐level judging panel scores the bands. E‐mail email@example.com for more information regarding this well established festival.
The GGMB is made of three major components. The Horn Line is recognized for its strong and well‐balanced sounds. The MWSU Drumline is nationally recognized as one of the leading marching percussion sections in the country and the Golden Griffon Guard and the Mystics Dance Team come together to add visual excitement to the performances.
All members of the GGMB receive a scholarship/stipend for their membership and work. Please contact Nate Gay, Director of Bands, for information about joining this band.
The GGMB is led by Director of Athletic Bands, Nate Gay and GGMB assistant director, Bob Long.
In a marching band, the colorguard is a non-musical section that provides additional visual aspects to the performance.The marching band and colorguard performance generally takes place on a football field while the colorguard interprets the music that the marching band is playing via the synchronized spinning of flags, sabres, rifles, and through choreographed movements. The color guard uses different colors and styles of flags to enhance the visual effect of the marching band as a whole. Colorguard is also a team, best friends, and a lot of the times we are as close as sisters. We work with each other to make everything as graceful and beautiful as we can. This is what makes up the Golden Griffon Guard.
Golden Griffon Winter Guard
Director of Jazz Studies: Bob Long firstname.lastname@example.org
The Missouri Western State University Jazz Ensemble is one of two large jazz ensembles in the music program, and is the premiere jazz group of the university. The Jazz Ensemble has a rich and deep heritage of giving outstanding performances across the Midwest. Accomplishments include performing at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Chicago, the Wichita Jazz Festival, the Mobile Jazz Festival, as well as performing at the Missouri Music Educators Convention. Last year saw the Jazz Ensemble perform several times in the region as well as perform for the second time in three years at the Missouri Music Educators Conference.
The MWSU Jazz Ensemble performs an eclectic mix of literature, ranging from the great classics of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, to new and original material by some of today’s leading writers.
The MWSU Jazz Ensemble is conducted by Bob Long email@example.com
The Jazz Lab is the second of two big bands on the Missouri Western campus. The ensemble is open (through auditions) to any majors and non-majors on campus. The Jazz Lab’s focus is to further develop an appreciation and understanding of jazz literature written for this genre. A variety of literature is covered, ranging from newer originals to historical transcriptions.
The Jazz Lab gives 3 to 4 performances each school year. As the name implies, the Jazz Lab is also used as a lab band, and may have student directors (who are in Jazz Pedagogy) standing in front of the group at various times working on their conducting/rehearsing skills. Music majors on secondary instruments are also encouraged to take this ensemble.
MWSU Lab Band is conducted by Steve Molloy firstname.lastname@example.org
The orchestra is dedicated to provide student and community musicians the opportunity to play in an orchestra and be exposed to the unique techniques called upon for an orchestral player. These techniques include transposition, reading in unusual clefs or octaves, playing as a solo player, and similar tasks. All interested string students are welcome, wind and brass students are accepted by audition or teacher recommendation.