General Course Information

  • MUS 272N – MUS 450N

Course Name and Description: University Band

Prerequisite: Approval of Ensemble Conductor through the Standard Audition which takes place during the first week of classes

The University Band maintains the instrumentation of a large concert band. It performs large ensemble works and is focused on providing members with a variety of high-quality literature at an accessible level. The ensemble also provides music education majors with exposure to music and teaching techniques applicable to their future careers. University Band is open to all students who have been accepted by audition, with assignments made according to proficiency and instrumentation. Due to the nature of music ensembles, required performances will occur at times other than class times, and additional required rehearsals may be announced. This course may be repeated for credit.

Faculty Information

  • Conductor:  Professor Barry L. Houser

  • Room:  Harding Band Building, 132 

  • Phone:  217-333-3025

  • Email:


General Course Schedule

  • Mondays | 7:00 - 8:50 PM in 141 Harding Band Building



  • Provide a quality musical experience for those students who play wind and percussion instruments.

  • Expose students to a variety of styles found in the wind band repertoire.

  • Provide an opportunity for future music educators to gain practical experience playing a secondary instrument and gain exposure to quality repertoire.



  • Develop individual musicianship through a large ensemble experience.

  • Foster individual improvement on students’ specific instruments.

  • Demonstrate various rehearsal techniques benefiting music education students.



Commitment and a positive attitude. Come to each rehearsal ready to make music. It is our goal that each rehearsal is a musical one - an opportunity to get better as an ensemble and as a personal musician. 


Rehearsals are not to learn your part—rather they are to learn everyone else’s part and therefore, the music. Rehearsals are time to work collectively, not individually. The discovery of how the composition works and creating the most profound and educated recreation of the composer’s intent is the focus of rehearsal time. At this level, your part is your responsibility. This minimum standard is important for all to understand because it is the professional standard.

I will be very sensitive to your time and only call the necessary players when needed for rehearsal. There be times however when you will be asked to attend and listen to your colleagues as it is important for you to know musically what is happening in the score. Come prepared with water bottles if necessary and make all restroom stops before the rehearsal begins. Plan to remain in your seat for the entire rehearsal - moving around is distracting to the rehearsal process. No hats or cell phones during rehearsal.  Texting is very distracting for you and others during our time together.



The base expectation is that all ensemble members will be in attendance for all rehearsals and performances.

  • If you have an unexcused absence from a rehearsal, your semester grade will be lowered by one letter grade.

  • If you are tardy three times for rehearsal, your semester grade will be lowered by one letter grade (six times = two letter grades, etc.)

  • If you have an unexcused absence from the performance, you will receive a failing grade for the semester.

  • Communicate all absences by e-mailing both conductors prior to the absence. Conflicts such as serious illnesses with medical documentation, required academic activities in your field, and family emergencies are generally eligible to be excused, at the discretion of the conductors. Prior communication is key.

  • A conflict verification letter will be provided to you to give to instructors of your other classes in case there is a conflict with the concert.


Here is a Conflict Exam letter for Fall 2019. 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.


  • Attendance (discussed above)

  • Professionalism/effort: No cell phone use, no food or drink in rehearsal, etc. If the conductors haven’t spoken to you about concerns in this area, you need not be concerned.

  • Concert attendance: Students are required to attend one University of Illinois band concert during the course of the semester. Proof of attendance is the ticket stub stapled to the program. Your semester grade will be lowered one-half letter grade if this requirement is not met. Programs are due by the last day of classes.

You can view the fall schedule for UI Bands events here: Marching Illini events are NOT eligible for the concert attendance requirement. If you are playing in another UI band, let the conductors know, and this will satisfy the requirement.


Music is supplied by University of Illinois Bands. Music and folders are on loan to students for each concert rotation and must be returned in full at the close of each concert rotation. Students are responsible for all loaned materials, and must replace any missing items. The fee for a missing folder is $25.



Black tuxedo, white shirt, black bow tie, black socks and black dress shoes 


Floor-length black skirt, black dress pants, or black dress meeting all specifications. Long-sleeved black blouse. Black/dark pantyhose, black dress shoes, simple jewelry. No décolletage, bare shoulders, necklines, short dresses or midriffs. Open-toed shoes or sandals are acceptable with dark stockings or dark pantyhose.


All students are expected to regularly check the Illinois Bands web pages at for more information including concert schedules for all the bands, reference recordings, weekly rehearsal schedules, and other news. Students are responsible for all materials posted on the website.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Student Code should also be considered as a part of this syllabus. Students should pay particular attention to Article 1, Part 4: Academic Integrity. Read the Code at the following URL: .

Academic dishonesty may result in a failing grade. Every student is expected to review and abide by the Academic Integrity Policy:  Ignorance is not an excuse for any academic dishonesty. It is your responsibility to read this policy to avoid any misunderstanding. Do not hesitate to ask the instructor(s) if you are ever in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism, cheating, or any other breach of academic integrity.


To obtain disability-related academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor and the as soon as possible. To insure that disability-related concerns are properly addressed from the beginning, students with disabilities who require assistance to participate in this class should contact Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) and see the instructor as soon as possible. If you need accommodations for any sort of disability, please speak to me after class, or make an appointment to see me, or see me during my office hours. DRES provides students with academic accommodations, access, and support services. To contact DRES you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 333-4603 (V/TDD), or e-mail a message to


  • April 25, 2019 | 7:30 PM

  • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts – Foellinger Great Hall

  • Call time for concerts will be announced. Details will be given during preceding rehearsals.