Indiana State University’s School of Music comprises five vocal ensembles, two percussion ensembles, three faculty ensembles, an orchestra, and six bands, which are served by Kappa Kappa Psi. These bands are the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Orchestra, the Marching Sycamores, Basketball Band, and Jazz Ensemble.
The Marching Sycamores and Basketball Band perform at each home football and basketball game, respectively, and are led by Dr. Nikk Pilato, Director of Athletic Bands. The Marching Sycamores have recently performed at the Brickyard 400, Indianapolis Colts halftime shows, and in exhibition at the Bands of America Super Regional Championships and Indianapolis Public School Marching Band Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Basketball Band has performed at the Terre Haute Strassenfest, Missouri Valley Conference Tournaments, and the NCAA and NIT Tournaments.
The Concert Band is a band of mostly community members, non-music majors, and music majors performing on a secondary instrument. Concert Band also serves as a laboratory ensemble for graduate students in conducting. Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Doug Keiser, Associate Director of Bands and longtime Sponsor to the Lambda Lambda chapter.
Wind Symphony is open to all students selected by audition at the beginning of each semester. The Wind Symphony is conducted by Dr. Nikk Pilato, Director of Athletic Bands.
The Indiana State University Wind Orchestra is the university’s premier wind ensemble. Dr. Roby George, Director of Bands, conducts the ensemble. With John Boyd, the Wind Orchestra traveled to Terre Haute’s sister city, Tajimi, Japan, and under the baton of Dr. George, the ensemble has toured Indiana and performed in the Chicago Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.