Concert and Athletic Bands

The concert bands, the anchor of our program, consist of The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and University Band. All ensembles offer, to both music and non-music majors, an opportunity to continue music at the collegiate level. Concerts occur throughout the year in the Haas Center for the Performing Arts on the Allendale campus, with performances off-campus at selected high schools and conferences.

The athletic band program consists of the “Pride of the Midwest” Laker Marching Band that is one of the largest and most visible NCAA Div. II marching bands in the country and has provided quality music and entertainment for football fans since 1977. As one of the most diversified and visible organizations on campus, the 220 member Laker Marching Band is composed of students who represent over 50 different degree plans. The 38 member Basketball Pep Band plays at the home games of the men's and women's basketball games and frequently travels to post-season tourney games. The 18 member (brass and percussion only) Volleyball Pep Band plays at the home games of the GVSU Women's Volleyball Team and frequently travels to post-season tourney games.

All students interested in a wonderful musical experience as either a music major or non music major are welcome to join our program. Please use our website to investigate our offerings and if you have any further questions, please contact one of our ensemble directors.

Kevin Tutt 
Conductor, Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
tuttk@gvsu.edu | 616-331-2495

John T. Martin
Director of Athletic Bands & Conductor, Concert Band
marjohnt@gvsu.edu I 616-331-3484



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