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Oregon Marching Band

203 total, 5 leaders, 3 drum majors, 70 brass, 27 percussion, 67 woodwinds, 4 banner carriers, 27 color guard.

The Band Department at the University of Oregon includes both athletic and concert bands. Athletic Bands: (Directed by Dr. Eric Wiltshire) Oregon Marching Band (OMB) Green Garter Band - An elite, auditioned group of 12 musicians who perform at a wide variety of sporting events and university functions. Each member receives a scholarship roughly equal to 14 in state credits. Yellow Garter Band - Similar to the Green Garter Band, the Yellow Garter Band is an auditioned group that performs at a wide variety of events. YGB members receive a $750 stipend. Oregon Basketball Band - This group of 50 musicians is chosen by audition and performs at home basketball games, the Pac-10 Tournament and NCAA tournaments.

Concert Bands: Oregon Wind Ensemble: Directed by Prof. Robert Ponto, The Oregon Wind Ensemble (OWE) is the premier wind band at the University of Oregon. The OWE performs traditional band works, one-on-a part chamber works and world premiers. Members are chosen by audition and include both graduate and undergraduate students.

Oregon Symphonic Band (OSB) is an auditioned band made up of music majors and non-majors. Under the direction of Dr. Timothy Paul they perform high level band repertoire including both traditional and contemporary works.

Oregon Campus Band: This ensemble is open to all University of Oregon Students, without auditions. It is supervised by the band faculty, and conducted by graduate students in conducting or music education.

Oregon Jazz Ensemble: Directed by Prof. Steve Owen, The Oregon Jazz Ensemble (OJE) is the premier large jazz ensemble at the University of Oregon. The OJE is recognized throughout the northwest for its performances of new literature for jazz ensembles including works by nationally recognized composer/arrangers and students of the UO jazz program.

All University of Oregon home football games Recent performances also include: ESPN Game Day (2009) Holiday Bowl (2008) Sun Bowl (2007) ESPN Game Day (2007) Las Vegas Bowl (2006) The band has been to 10 bowl games in the past 12 years.

The Oregon Athletic Bands appear in nearly 100 performances each year, including sporting events such as football, basketball, volleyball, and softball. We also do a wide variety of recruiting concerts and special events for the university, UO Foundation, and the UO Alumni Association.

The University of Oregon was founded in 1876 and created a Department of Music ten years later. In 1900 the department gained official School of Music status.

The Oregon Band program began more than a century ago. Early connections to ROTC ended in 1933 when the band invited women to join for the first time. A long list of band directors has led to a wide and varied tradition. The band today reflects a blend of traditional college marching band spirit and contemporary marching band design. The Oregon Marching Band is supported through a three-way partnership by the School of Music, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Associated Students of the University of Oregon.

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