Band Ensembles

The band department houses two large ensembles: the University Band and the Wind Ensemble:

The Concert Band focuses equally upon standard large band repertoire along with carefully selected transcriptions. Membership in this ensemble is open to all university students by audition.

The Wind Ensemble is a highly selective student ensemble performing standard and contemporary wind repertoire suited to the reduced instrumentation of the ensemble. Membership is by audition.

About the Department of Bands

The New Orleans Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Art was founded in 1919 by Dr. Dernest E. Schuyten, of New Orleans. In September 1932, the Conservatory affiliated with Loyola University and became the College of Music of Loyola University.

In the early 1940s the band was established under the direction of Benjamin Samuel Konikoff. Later that decade, John B. Whitlock became the director of the bands. In the early 1950s, the former trumpet instructor Georage A. Jansen took over as director of bands. In the 1960s, the band directorship then passed on to Dr. Joseph Hebert.

Audition Information

Auditions will occur during the first few days of the fall semester.

Notable alumni

  • Charles Fernandez
  • Antonio J. Garcia
  • Victor L. Goines
  • Major Scott A. Guidry
  • Dr. Rodney R. Lafon
  • Dr. Anthony Purcell
  • John Reeks

Festivals + Community Ensembles

  • Invitational Band Festival

    Open to High School bands by audition recordings. A nationally acclaimed composer will serve as clinician for the wind ensemble and high school bands.

  • Loyola Bourgeois Band
    Any High School in the Greater New Orleans area can submit two of their students to participate. Any instrument and all high school grade levels are accepted. There are two rehearsals and a concert conducted by Col. J.R. Bourgeois and Loyola faculty.