Elon University Bands

 

Welcome to the Elon University Bands!

Thank you for visiting the Elon University Bands! 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, all of which are open to any Elon University student who has experience playing a wind or percussion instrument, or experience with color guard or twirling. Below you will find information about each ensemble, the “Phoenix Winds” Wind Ensemble, the “Fire of the Carolinas” Marching Band, and the Elon Basketball Band. Scroll down or click on the links below to jump to each ensemble. You will find a small description of each group, performance/event announcements, and Frequently Asked Questions pages that provide some detailed information about the bands, including the many benefits of joining. For more information, or to get added to our interested members list, email Dr. Adam Kehl, Director of Bands, at akehl@elon.edu, or simply fill out the Interest Form on the Music Department Website. Thanks for visiting. We hope you will plan on joining one of our ensembles in the future!

 


Elon University Wind Ensemble ("Phoenix Winds")

Adam Kehl, director

The "Phoenix Winds" is the concert wind ensemble of Elon University. The band specializes in the performance of a broad variety of repertoire for winds and percussion from traditional, classic repertoire for band, to very modern, avant-garde repertoire. We offer many unique musical and performance opportunities every concert including: world premiere performances of newly commissioned works, working directly with composers and renowned guest artists, collaborating with other artistic disciplines (be sure to check out this spring’s concert, "A Little Song and Dance" featuring Professor Jennifer Guy-Metcalf and members of the Elon University Dance Department performing live with the wind ensemble), live media integration, and opportunities for chamber music. The "Phoenix Winds" is open to any student at Elon University with previous wind or percussion experience, regardless of major, and there is NO audition required to join. The ensemble rehearses just once a week from 7pm-9pm on Tuesday evenings, allowing students to take advantage of musical opportunities in the wind ensemble, and still participate in other musical, academic, service and social opportunities on campus. For more information, download the FAQ page below. If you have additional questions, or are interested in joining, please email Dr. Kehl at akehl@elon.edu.

Upcoming Events:

"A Little Song and Dance"
featuring choreographer Jennifer Guy-Metcalf and the Elon University Dance Department
and
Dr. Hallie Hogan performing the East Coast Premiere of a five-song set of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Williams Bolcom’s Cabaret Songs for mezzo soprano and chamber winds
May 14, 2015, 7:30 pm
McCrary Theater

Also performing works by:
Aaron Copland, Petre Tchaikovsky, John Mackey, Norman Dello Joio, Clifton Williams, Shelly Hanson and Mascagni/Ruggles.

 

Past Performances:

"Kinetic Dance, for two scrap metal birds"
featuring the world premiere performance of David Clay Mettens Kinetic Dance, for two scrap metal birds (commissioned by the Elon University Wind Ensemble)
November 16, 2014, 7:30pm
McCrary Theater

Also performed works by:
J.S. Bach, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Daniel Bukvich, Alex Shapiro, Carter Pann, Percy Grainger, Vincent Persichetti, and Thomas Allen

 


The Fire of the Carolinas  (Marching Band)

The Fire of the Carolinas is a contemporary college marching band. As the "Soundtrack of Elon Football" the band performs at all home football games, at select away football games, and at various University events throughout the fall.  The band is open to any student at Elon University, regardless of major, with previous experience playing a wind or percussion instrument, or experience in color guard or twirling. However, no prior marching band experience is necessary to join, and no audition is required (expect for feature twirlers).  The band performs 3-4 high energy, entertainment focused halftime shows every year that includes a wide variety of music from classic rock, pop, and jazz, to modern alternative and current popular music. The band also performs a full collegiate pregame show and in the stands throughout the game (no boredom here!). The FOTC has a low time commitment compared to most college bands, rehearsing just twice a week, allowing members to participate in multiple music ensembles or other campus activities. The band has a close-knit, family atmosphere and has A LOT of fun! Members also receive a small scholarship that increases every year of participation in the band. For more information, download the FAQ page below. If you have additional questions, or are interested in joining, please email Dr. Kehl at akehl@elon.edu.

2014 Performance Schedule:
August 23  Welcome Back Pep Rally  
September 13  Elon vs. NC A&T 
September 20  Elon vs. UNCC 
September 30  Campus Coffee Performance 
October 4  Elon vs. New Hampshire
October 17  Homecoming Kick-off
October 18  Elon vs. Stony Brook 
October 25  Elon vs. Richmond 
November 15  Elon vs. Maine
November 21  End of the Year Banquet 

 


Elon University Basketball Band

Adam Kehl, director

The Elon University Basketball Band is a high energy collegiate pep band that performs at most home men’s and women’s basketball games, and travels to the Colonial Athletic Association conference tournaments and any NCAA tournament games. The band is open to any student at Elon University with experience playing a wind instrument, drum set, or electric bass. There are no auditions to join, and while the majority of members also participate in the marching band, there are no prerequisites to joining (other then past instrumental experience). Members also receive a small scholarship based on their number of games played. For more information, download the FAQ page below. If you have additional questions, or are interested in joining, please email Dr. Kehl at akehl@elon.edu.