The Furman University Bands offer a range of opportunities for students across campus creating an environment of excellence in music-making. Whether it’s in one of our outstanding concert groups, the Paladin Regiment Marching Band, Jazz Ensembles, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble or one of our chamber groups, there is a place for YOU within the Furman Bands. All ensembles are open to all Furman students, regardless of major!
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Academics and Band
Participants in the Furman Bands have a wide variety of major areas of study–yes, we have terrific music majors--but we also have many wonderful musicians in our program who major in sciences, business, computer science, engineering, and virtually all majors offered on campus.
Our Symphonic Band brings together musicians from across all majors on campus to perform some of the finest wind band literature available.
Marching and Pep Bands
The Paladin Regiment Marching Band boasts powerful and entertaining performances for Furman football games at home and select away games. As the musical ambassadors for the University, the Paladin Regiment represents Furman at various community events and parades both on and off campus. Membership is open to any Furman student instrumental musicians, dancers, colorguard members, or twirlers.
Jazz Studies & Ensembles
Jazz is about musical interaction, flexibility and team-work. You will perform not only on-campus, but in multiple local venues alongside your teachers and regional professional musicians.
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A community ensemble, the Furman Summer Concert Band performs at six of the Music By the Lake Thursday evening events. Adults and skilled youth welcome! Sight-read on Tuesday night, perform on Thursday night. Conducted by Sue Samuels, PhD., Furman Director of Bands. The Music by the Lake Summer Series runs from the last Thursday night in May through the first Thursday night in August.
Schedule available in April.
Thank you to all who attended 2023 Summer Jazz Camp! Stay tuned for details about Summer 2024. Registration for camp will open February 1, 2024.
A joint program of Furman Music and the non-profit Greenville Jazz Collective, the camp is a unique experience designed to encourage students in grades 8th – 12th to fuel their jazz performance skills. 6th and 7th grade students considered based on teacher recommendation. Students of all instruments can apply, particularly those who play saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, guitar, bass (electric and/or acoustic), and drum set. Board or Commute.
Thank you to all who attended 2023 Band & Orchestra Camp! Stay tuned for details about Summer 2024. Registration for camp will open February 1, 2024.
One of the oldest and most distinguished summer music camps in the country, the Furman Band and Orchestra Camp is a one week intensive event for middle school and high school concert band and orchestral string students. Approximately 270 students attend each summer as either commuters or residential boarding students. Participants perform in one of four large ensembles (a full symphony orchestra, a string orchestra, and two concert bands) and may audition for a jazz ensemble, various chamber groups, or perform as a soloist on the Honors Solo Recital. Private lessons also available.
Thank you for joining us for Homecoming 2023/Alumni Band! We hope to see you at the Furman Bands Alumni Reunion in June 2024– make sure to subscribe to our newsletter for updates!
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Thank you for joining us for the 2023 Furman Honor Band Symposium!
You can watch the livestream video of the culminating performance here. We hope to see you in 2024!
VIDEOS: 2019 Honor Band with Alfred Watkins and Leslie Gilreath, conductors