More than 700 current band members and over 5,000 Band Alumni warmly welcome you to Iowa State University.  If you play an instrument, we invite you to become a member of our band program and join that tradition.

The ISU Bands have something for every player's ability and for every musical taste: concert bands, pep bands, jazz ensembles, and the "Cyclone" Marching Band.  The eight bands offer more than an opportunity for musical excellence - they also provide an instant feeling of belonging, a chance to participate in the university's most popular organizations and the opportunity to form life-long friendships.  As a member of the ISU bands, you'll be part of a 115-year tradition of musical excellence.

Band Concert Schedule: 2023-2024

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Concert Bands

The ISU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band are open to all students and regularly perform at the 2,600 seat Stephens Auditorium, recognized as one of the finest performance halls in the world. These outstanding ensembles regularly feature world-class guest conductors and soloists.

Concert Bands

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Jazz Ensembles

Experience creative programming, strong musicianship, and exciting performances with the popular ISU Jazz Ensembles. Our big bands and combos give multiple concerts each semester.

ISU Jazz Ensembles

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Athletic Bands

The various athletic bands provide spectacular entertainment at all Cyclone football and basketball games. In addition to their precision marching at Jack Trice Stadium, the Cyclone Marching Band normally travels to an away game each year... in addition to a possible Bowl appearance!

Cyclone Marching Band

Band Auditions

All members of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensembles are selected on the basis of a musical audition at the start of fall and spring classes. There is no audition required for members of the Concert Band. For more specific information concerning auditions, please visit the Concert Bands or ISU Jazz Ensembles

Admission to the "Cyclone" Marching Band is based on an audition and the vacancies that exist in each section. Early application is advised. 

To request further information about becoming a member of the ISU Bands, please email


Cyclone Honor Band

High School Directors: register your students for the Cyclone Honor Band, Feb. 3-4, 2023.


Band Contacts

Concert Bands, contact Michael Golemo, Director of Bands.
Athletic Bands, contact Christian Carichner, Assistant Director of Bands.
Jazz Ensembles, contact Michael Giles, Director of Jazz Studies.