University Band

Will Sugg and Patricia Vanegas, conductors


The University Band is on equal positioning with the Campus Band. A traditional concert band with set instrumentation, the University Band performs large ensemble works and is specifically focused on providing members with a variety of quality repertoire, unique/untraditional repertoire, and non-traditional collaborations. Concerts for the University Band are held on campus at a variety of venues and usually in tandem with the Campus Band.

The ensemble is specifically geared to serve non-music majors who want to enjoy playing and improve their skills, and music education students on secondary instruments who wish to become familiar with more repertoire and other instruments than their primary. The University Band is open to both music majors and non-majors by audition, but does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. It is a recommended second "large ensemble" experience for music education majors playing secondary instruments, and is a wonderful musical outlet for non-music majors to enjoy actively making-music. University Band rehearses two hours per week and presents one concert per semester. The ensemble is open to all by audition.  



MUS 272 N | MUS 450N (graduate credit)
University Band
7:00-8:50 PM | Mondays only both Fall & Spring Semesters
Room 141, Harding Band Building


Will Sugg, sugg2@illinois.edu
Patricia Vanegas Ruiz, npv2@illinois.edu

*Does not fulfill major ensemble requirement for music or music ed majors

*All ensembles are open to music majors and non-majors based on audition. 



  • Set Instrumentation (Traditional)


  • Large ensemble works
    Focused on a variety of experiences and styles to appeal to a wide range of student participant
    Emphasis on development of core ensemble tenants and the joy of performance


  • Varies by semester. Large ensemble concept


  • Non-music majors and music education majors desiring experience on secondary instruments
    Does not count as a major ensemble credit for music / music ed majors
    Open to all majors in the UIUC community


  • All student take the Standard Audition
    University Band is equal to Campus Band (Results A/B)


  • Graduate Teaching Assistants


  • One per semester in during the Fall Semester, two per semester during the Spring Semester.


Conflict Exam Letter

The link below will take you to a PDF of the Illinois Campus and University Band Exam Conflict Letter for Spring 2018.  Present this letter to the professor of any class whose departmental exams conflict with the regular rehearsals or concerts for these ensembles.  Per the University Policy, they are REQUIRED to offer an exam time that does not conflict with the class time or concert performances.