Winds and Percussion

Percussion mallets lined up on a stand

All wind and percussion students study privately with Loyola University faculty, who are selected from the finest musicians New Orleans has to offer and are extremely active performers and educators in local, national, and international venues. Students also meet as a studio in a series of masterclasses aimed at addressing literature and performing techniques unique to  their instruments.

Rigorous and comprehensive study, individual attention from faculty, and real-world opportunities for performance and internships within the unique and vibrant musical culture of New Orleans are hallmarks of the Loyola School of Music.

Wind and Percussion Instruments

  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Horn
  • Marimba
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Saxophone
  • Timpani
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Audition Requirements

Learn more about audition requirements for winds and percussion. 

Degree Programs

The Loyola University School of Music provides a comprehensive program of study that prepares you for success in a variety of careers in the musical profession. All wind and percussion students establish the solid foundation needed to develop their musicianship by taking courses in music theory, history, literature, composition, piano, conducting, and performance. Loyola’s Core Curriculum provides an education that encourages you to become more than just a musician but also a well-rounded and discerning individual through the study of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Learn more about degree programs offered for winds and percussion.


From your first year as a music student at Loyola, you will have numerous opportunities to perform with many different ensembles including a variety of chamber ensembles, concert band, wind ensemble, jazz bands, and symphonic orchestra. You will be exposed to a range of standard and contemporary literature, work with world-renowned visiting artists, and become a part of the vibrant live music scene in New Orleans.

Learn more about Loyola ensembles for winds and percussion:
University Band + Wind Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
Jazz Ensembles


Patti Adams
Instructor of Flute and Piccolo

Wess Anderson
Instructor of Saxophone

Jack Peña
Instructor of Bassoon

James Atwood
Instructor of Percussion

Tony Dagradi
Professor of Saxophone

Matthew Eckenhoff
Adjunct Professor of Horn

Jane Gabka
Instructor of Oboe

Joseph Hebert
Instructor of Tuba

William Hess
Professor of Euphonium

Matt Lemmler
Instructor of Jazz Piano

Wayne Maureau
Instructor of Percussion

Greg Miller
Instructor of Trombone

Jason Mingledorff
Instructor of Saxophone

Jean Montes
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras

Mollie Pate
Instructor of French Horn

Dave Salay
Instructor of Percussion

Stephanie Thompson
Instructor of Clarinet

Gordon Towell
Coordinator of Jazz Studies

John Vidacovich
Instructor of Percussion

Nick Volz
Associate Professor of Trumpet

John Reeks
Instructor of Clarinet

Stephanie Thompson
Instructor of Clarinet

Serena Weren
Director of Bands

Kevin Winter
Instructor of French Horn

Vance Woolf
Instructor of Trumpet

Matthew Wright
Instructor of Trombone

Festivals and 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 Dr. Joseph Hebert.