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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.  All ensembles are open to non-majors!

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Contact Us!

I'd like to tell you more about what makes our program exceptional. We will be your musical home--where you will be known, challenged, and valued. Be part of one of the best organizations on campus!

Email Dr. Sue Samuels, Furman Director of Bands

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Interested in joining the band? Tell us more about your musical interests.

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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.

Learn how Band adds to your Furman Academic Experience
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Symphonic Band

Our Symphonic Band brings together musicians from across all majors on campus to perform some of the finest wind band literature available.

Participate in the Sym Band!

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.

Learn about our Athletic Bands
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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.

Learn More about Jazz @ Furman

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The Composing for Percussion Seminar is a 4-week symposium conceived from the ground up as an accessible and affordable online experience with multiple participation options based on your schedule and budget. This unique seminar features a roster of world-class faculty and guest composers, our goal is to provide a unique summer event that celebrates creativity and diversity across all genres of percussion. Whether you are a percussionist wanting to learn more about composing, or a composer wanting to learn more about percussion, there is something for you at the Composing for Percussion Seminar!  Ages 15 and up.

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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.

More information coming soon!

VIDEOS: 2019 Honor Band with Alfred Watkins and Leslie Gilreath, conductors


December 4, 2021

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.


Date TBA.

One-day workshop for middle and high school students who play trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium or tuba. Spend the day with us! Lunch provided.


June 12-17, 2022

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.

More information coming soon!


June 26 – July 1, 2022

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.

More information coming soon!


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.