The Paladin Regiment is a highly respected and musically powerful ensemble that performs at home football games, select road games and high school marching exhibitions. Open to music majors and non-majors, marching experience is not a requirement. Part assignments are determined at preseason camp in August. Current and recent members have marched with Garfield Cadets, Spirit of Atlanta and the 2013 World Champion Carolina Crown. Unlike your high school, the Paladin Regiment does not consume all your afternoons and every weekend. The Regiment rehearses twice a week and the morning of home games. Directed by Drum Corps International Hall of Fame arranger Jay Bocook, shows are designed to be fun for both the band and the audience. Contact Jay Bocook or FU Director of Bands Leslie Hicken for more information.
Furman Symphony Orchestra
At Furman, you don't have to compete with graduate students for a spot
in the orchestra. The Furman Symphony Orchestra is one of only a handful in the
country that is composed entirely of undergraduate students. The
orchestra, which consists of 80+ members, presents four to five performances each year including two performances with Oratorio Chorus and a biannual Concerto Competition program. Members also have the opportunity to participate in lyric theatre and opera production pit orchestras. The FSO is open to majors and non-majors by audition. Wind, percussion, harp and piano assignments are based on need and determined by audition. For more information, contact Thomas Joiner.
- FSO Application for Spring 2014
The wind ensemble is an elite concert band combining the top 50 wind, brass, and percussion students, both majors and non-majors. The WE studies and performs cutting edge concert band literature, both contemporary and historic. Membership is determined by audition at the end of fall term. The WE meets twice a week in the spring. Membership fulfills the music scholarship large ensemble requirement.
The symphonic band is Furman's largest concert band and is open to music majors and non-majors. In addition to performing , the SB performs at Furman's spring commencement.
Performing the best of big band literature in jazz, Latin and fusion, the jazz ensemble performs for audiences across South Carolina. Outstanding guitar, bass,
drum set and jazz piano students team up with saxophone, trombone and trumpet sections to prepare several performances throughout the year. As part of the
jazz program, quartets and small combos branch out to explore literature for
smaller ensembles with more varied instrumentation. The band is open to music majors and non-majors, but auditions are required. Jazz coordinator and director: Matt Olson.
Basketball Pep Band
The basketball pep band performs for the men's and women's basketball
teams. Open to members of the Paladin Regiment marching band, the group
attends all home basketball games as well as Furman's postseason
tournaments. Members are paid a stipend for participation. For more information, contact Jay Bocook.