Elon University Band Program

The mission of the Elon University Band Program is to provide our students with a variety of unique and high quality musical, artistic, and social experiences. We offer three outstanding ensembles, the “Phoenix Winds” Wind Ensemble, the “Fire of the Carolinas” Marching Band, and the Elon Basketball Band. There are always lots of exciting things happening in the band department, so please stop by often and follow us on social media to learn more!

Recent News And Announcements

2017 Student Leadership Team 

Congratulations to the new 2017 Student Leadership Team!

Drum Major:

Alex Welgehausen
Matt Martin

Jasmine Hager

Emily Kennerson

Joel Green
Jessica Mohr

High Brass:
Byron Ross
Rachel Hopkins

Low Brass:
Chris Edwards

Christian Frey

Sam Childers

Color Guard:
Sarah Clark

Social Media Coordinator/Webmaster:
Emily Barger

Student Music Arranger:
Rachel Hopkins

Program Assistant:
Arya Boris

Uniform Coordinator:
Lillian Engel

“Phoenix Winds” Wind Ensemble Announces Spring Program:

Following our fall trip around the world, the wind ensemble will present music from some of the United State’s greatest and most important composers. The concert will include works from George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Terry Riley, Leonard Bernstein, John Cage, and a must see performance of Aaron Copland’s landmark Lincoln Portrait, featuring a special guest narrator! The concert will also feature the world premiere performance of emerging American composer David Kirkland Garner’s Briar for wind ensemble and playback, with the composer in attendance. Please join us for this night of legendary American music on May 9, 2017 in McCrary Theater at 7:30pm. The concert is free and open to the public (no tickets required)!

Phoenix Winds Recent Performance 

This fall, the Elon Wind Ensemble presented works from all international composers. The program featured works from Yo Goto (Japan), Darius Milhaud (France), Khachaturian (Russia), Schostakovich (Russia), Marquez (Mexico), and two works rarely heard in the United States from Chinese Army Band arranger Chen Dan.

Melody Causby named Assistant Director of Athletic Bands

Elon Bands is honored to add Mrs. Melody Causby to our faculty as the new Assistant Director of Athletic Bands. Mrs. Causby will be the assistant director of the Fire of the Carolinas Marching Band and the Elon Basketball Band. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Campbell University and a Master of Music degree in Music Education from UNC-Greensboro. She is currently working towards a PhD in Music Education at UNC-Greensboro. Previously, she spent eleven years in the public schools of North Carolina at both the middle school and high school level. She has served in leadership roles with the NC Bandmasters Association and was the winner of the Encore Award from the American School Band Directors Association. We are thrilled to welcome Melody Causby to the Elon family!