Play all you want
The instrumental groups at Morningside cover the full range from symphonic and chamber to jazz and marching. Some of the instrumental groups on campus even get to go on regional, national and international tours.
Even if you don't plan on majoring in music, you can still be involved with any of our instrumental groups and you may even be eligible for some scholarships! Any student participating in one of Morningside's bands who does not own an instrument may use one of the college's at no cost.
Below is a list of some of our instrumental ensembles on campus.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble
A concert band that performs music written for winds and percussion. Previous band experience is recommended for membership and an audition/interview at the beginning of each semester will be used for seating placements and to identify soloists.
The Jazz Band
A group that performs music written for big band. Jazz Band is open to students that play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, trap set, piano, bass or guitar. Membership is through audition and/or recommendation in the fall as soon as classes begin.
The Marching Mustangs and Color Guard
These groups perform at all home football games. They provide half-time shows on the field and game support from the stands. Instrumentation includes woodwinds, brass, drum line and pit percussion, synthesizers, bass guitar and regular guitar. Equipment and uniforms are provided. Everyone is welcome, though auditions may be required for specialty instruments. Band camp starts one week before classes begin.
Fever Pep Band
This group performs and entertains at Morningside men's and women's basketball games. The Fever is composed of all traditional band instruments, as well as electric bass, trap set and guitar. All students are encouraged to participate. Auditions are merely for part assignment and not for inclusion. Auditions take place the first week in October.
The Siouxland Youth Symphony
This ensemble consists of college string, wind, brass and percussion players, as well as top high school instrumentalists in the area. Students also may be offered paid positions in the Sioux City Sympony Orchestra, providing valuable professional work experience and additional income.
Collaborative Piano and Piano Ensemble
These piano groups give qualified pianists the opportunity to receive academic credit for performing with other student musicians. This could include chamber ensembles using piano, solo accompanying and large ensemble accompanying.
String Chamber Ensembles
Groups that give qualified string players the opportunity to perform in small ensembles coached by string faculty members.
Wind, Brass and Percussion Chamber Ensembles
Groups that perform a wide variety of literature written for their respective instrumentation. Membership in these ensembles is through audition and/or recommendation from directors.