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The University of New Mexico Bands
Department of Music
MSC04 2570
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505- 277-8998


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The University of New Mexico Bands program offers an oustanding discipline in performance, conducting, composition, and music education.

Wind Symphony

FluteThe nationally acclaimed Wind Symphony is comprised of fifty of the finest student musicians in the Department of Music, the Wind Symphony has performed around the country, at national and regional conventions of the College Band Directors National Association.

The Wind Symphony has released five recordings on Summit Records, featuring the Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, Philip Smith, and the Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, Joseph Alessi, as well as members of the University of New Mexico woodwind and brass faculty. The Wind Symphony performs approximately six concerts on campus each year and several Chamber Winds and Brass Choir concerts.





Symphonic Band


UNM's Symphonic Band provides a place for the serious player to explore classic and contemporary repertoire for the wind band. This group is open to talented musicians regardless of academic major, and performs four to five concerts per year on campus. The Symphonic Band regularly shares programs with the Wind Symphony and other musical ensembles in the Department of Music.






Spring 2024 Concert Dates

Wind Symphony
February 14 at 7:30 p.m. - Popejoy Hall
March 6th at 7:30 p.m. w/ Eldorado High School Wind Ensemble 
April 22 at 7:30 p.m. - Popejoy Hall
        Opening with Campus Band's Premier Performance

Symphonic Band
February 28 at 7:30 p.m. - Popejoy Hall
March 20 at 7:30 p.m. - Keller Hall
April 29 at 7:30 p.m. - Popejoy Hall

 $15 general admission, $10 seniors and UNM employees, $5 students. To purchase tickets to this concert or to purchase a Concert Series Pass, visit https://www.unmtickets.com/




In addition to the concert ensembles, the University of New Mexico is home to two of the Southwest's most dynamic pep bands: the Spirit Marching Band and Soundpack.

Spirit Marching Band

DrumlineThe Spirit Marching Band is UNM's most visible ensemble, regularly performing for spectators at home football games and representing the university at games across the country. The band has traveled throughout the West, including trips to Colorado, Texas, Nevada, California, and Hawaii. Each year, the Spirit Marching Band hosts the Zia Marching Band Fiesta, one of the largest marching competitions in the Southwest.





SP Sax

The best basketball pep band in the Mountain West Conference, Soundpack performs at all home Men's and Women's Lobo Basketball games. Soundpack also follows the basketball teams to post-season tournament play and has appeared at the NCAA Basketball Tournament across the country.


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