UNG Indoor is a competitive marching ensemble consisting of winds, percussion, and color guard performers. The group competes in the Independent World Class Division of WGI Winds. In 2016, UNG Indoor was undefeated in regional competition and finished 4th in the WGI World Championship Finals. Membership is by audition.
Golden Eagle Band
The University of North Georgia Golden Eagle Band is the oldest college marching band in the state of Georgia and is one of the oldest in the United States. In continuous existence since the founding of the university in 1873, the band serves as the official musical representative of the university and its nationally recognized Corps of Cadets. Members of the ensemble are drawn from the university student body at-large and from all 5 of the UNG Campuses.
The UNG Wind Ensemble is open to all qualified students by audition. The band performs many celebrated genres of music, from contemporary artists such as Eric Whitacre and Frank Ticheli, to traditional pieces by Alfred Reed and Percy Grainger. The music is both challenging and musically rewarding. The UNG Wind Ensemble performs both on and off campus throughout the entire academic year. Members of the band are required to participate in all rehearsals and performances and are expected to spend time outside of class perfecting and refining their musical abilities. The UNG Wind Ensemble is a resident ensemble on the Dahlonega Campus.
The Jazz Bands (Dahlonega Campus and Gaineville Campus) are open to all qualified students by audition, with consideration of the traditional instrumentation required for a large jazz ensemble. These ensembles are dedicated to the study of the music of the great jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The music is very rewarding and challenges students to play outside their normal repertoire. These ensembles perform both on and off campus throughout the academic year. Opportunities to explore and to develop advanced abilities in jazz improvisation are also a major focus of the Jazz Bands.
The Percussion Ensemble is comprised of percussion majors and advanced non-majors. The ensemble studies and performs chamber works for percussion instruments. Membership is by audition.
The UNG Pep Band performs for NCAA athletic events throughout the year. Membership is by audition and band members receive a small stipend. In 2016, the UNG Pep Band was featured on ESPN’s “Make a Wish” broadcast.