Whether serving academic and professional training, supporting Tiger athletics or entertaining at university functions, Pacific bands have always played an integral role at University of the Pacific. The program's rich history and vibrant future are dedicated to continued growth, service and a uniquely powerful "esprit de corps" that reflect Pacific commitment to topflight, student-centered education.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The Ensemble is comprised of accomplished wind, brass and percussion students at Pacific. Repertoire is drawn from the standards for concert band, transcriptions, and the great wealth of classic and contemporary music for wind ensemble. Participation is open to all Pacific students by audition.

University Concert Band

Literature for the ensemble comes from contemporary, transcription and standard band repertory. Performances include music from light classics to show tunes. The band performs on-campus and hosts concerts shared with local high schools. Membership is open to all Pacific students without audition. A General Education credit is available to non-music majors.

Pacific Pep Band

Student leadership, unequalled spirit and great performance are the hallmarks of the 50-member Pacific Pep Band. They play for Pacific volleyball and basketball teams. The ensemble is funded by the Athletic Department, and all Pacific students are welcome to participate. No audition is required.

symphonic wind ensemble at carnegie hall 2019
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Carnegie Hall

In March 2019, SWE performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

The ensemble plays on campus and travels extensively performing recently at Stanford, New York City, the California All State Music Education Conference, and the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle.

Program Faculty

Vu Nguyen Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands