The School of Music offers many opportunities for students to continue their interests and participation in music. All students are encouraged to be a part of any of the Texas State bands, choirs, jazz bands, Latin music ensembles, symphony orchestra and various other ensembles. Some ensembles require an audition; information on auditions can be found at music.txstate.edu.
There are five band ensembles at Texas State:
- The Wind Symphony is an auditioned group that consists of the top wind and percussion musicians in the university, regardless of major. The ensemble performs the finest repertoire written for wind band, collaborates with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and composers and makes appearances across the United States. The ensemble has been featured in concert at the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) in Seattle, Washington, at regional conferences of the CBDNA in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, and at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio.
- The Symphonic Winds presents several concerts each year, performing traditional and contemporary band literature, and collaborates with guest artists. Placement in the ensemble is open to all majors through audition.
- The Concert Band meets each semester, presenting several concerts, and is open to all university students. Non-music majors do not have to audition to be a member of this ensemble.
- The Bobcat Marching Band (BMB) is the largest spirit organization on campus. The BMB performs high-energy, entertaining shows at all home football games, at least one out-of-town game and in exhibition performances at various festivals in the region. In recent years, the BMB has performed at two NFL games as the halftime entertainment, at BOA Super Regional in the Alamodome and at the Fiesta Flambeau parade in San Antonio. The BMB has been selected for video presentation at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in 2007, 2011 and 2013.
- The Bobcat Basketball Band (B3) meets in the spring semester and performs at all women's and men's home games and travels with the teams to the post-season tournaments.
- Texas State Chorale
- University Singers
- Women’s Choir
- Men’s Choir
EXTRACURRICULAR CHORAL GROUPS
- Heart of Texas Chorus
- Gospel Expressions
- Jazz Ensemble
- Jazz Orchestra
- Jazz Lab Band
- Jazz Combos
- Mariachi Nueva Generación
- Mariachi Lince de Oro
- Salsa del Rio
- Orquesta del Rio
- Afro-Caribbean Lab
Scholarships are available by audition to interested string players (violin, viola, cello and double bass). For more information, contact Howard Hudiburg at 512.245.2665 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strahan Coliseum, Room 139
The spirit program competes in the Universal Cheerleading Association’s College Cheerleading National Championships every January at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The program won the 2000, 2003 and 2006 All-Women National Championships and the 2006 United Spirit Associate College Mascot National Championship in Las Vegas.
The Strutters, the first precision dance team formed at a four-year university, has performed in 24 countries on four continents since its inception in 1960. Today, it is the largest group of its kind in the country.
It was the first U.S. dance team to perform in the People’s Republic of China. Other highlights include two presidential inaugural parades, numerous NFL and NBA halftime performances, the nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, MTV’s “Total Request” Live, a national television commercial for Coca-Cola, and appearances in five movies. The Strutters also represented Texas State and San Marcos on the NBC program “America’s Got Talent,” outperforming hundreds of acts to reach the live semifinal round of the competition.
The organization takes pride in helping young women develop communication skills, character and confidence. While hosting annual campus competitions, Strutters serve as exemplary role models to thousands of high school dance
In 1998, Strutters Always became the organization’s official alumnae chapter. Goals of Strutters Always include communicating with alumnae and friends and supporting the Strutters; the board of directors assists with alumni reunions and Strutters special events.