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 other chamber groups, there is a place for YOU within the Furman Bands.
Furman Bands have a place for you. We will be your musical home--where you will be known, challenged, and valued. Be part of one of the best organizations on campus! Contact Dr. Samuels or request additional information via our web form.
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.
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 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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November 12 – 14, 2020
The Furman Honor Band experience is a unique three-day dual event for middle school and high school students. Directors nominate students to participate in the Concert Honor Band and/or the Marching Honor Band.
READ about the Furman Honor Band experience
VIDEOS: 2019 Honor Band with Alfred Watkins and Leslie Gilreath, conductors
December 5, 2020
A one-day workshop for middle and high school students who play flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone. Spend the day with us! Lunch provided.
READ about about the Furman Woodwind Symposium.
One-day workshop for middle and high school students who play trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba. Spend the day with us! Lunch provided.
READ about the Furman Brass Symposium.
June 14-19, 2020.
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.
READ about the Furman Band and Orchestra Camp
June 28 – July 2, 2020
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. In 2020 we will also accept a limited number of high school vocal soloists. Board or Commute.
READ about the Furman Jazz Camp and the Greenville Jazz Collective
Late May – Early August
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.
Interested in participating in the band? We have a form for that! Click Here to request more information and alert Dr. Samuels to your interest.