The bands at UNC Charlotte seek to foster artistic opportunities of the highest level. Inspiring, building community, and celebrating a diversity of experiences through engaging and representative programming that connect our students and audiences while serving as a resource to local music educators and programs. 

 We are dedicated to broadening musicianship and artistry through performing both new music and music of historical, cultural, and societal interest. 

Whether you wish to participate in a quality concert ensemble or perform as a member of a high-energy athletic band, we have a place for you. Each year students from every major in every college join one or more of our band organizations. 

See below for audition and course information.

The Charlotte Bands seek to foster artistic opportunities at the highest level. Inspiring, building community, and celebrating experience and identity through engaging and representative programming that connects our students and audiences while serving the community. 

  • Wind Ensemble (MUPF 1112) The Wind Ensemble is the university's most advanced organization for winds and percussion, performing a wide variety of music from traditional to contemporary. The Wind Ensemble presents at least two concerts per semester and frequently gives concert tours throughout North Carolina and the Southeast. The ensemble has performed multiple times for North Carolina Music Educators Association and College Band Directors National Association Southern Division conferences and is active in commissioning and premiering new works for winds and percussion. All prospective members must audition at the beginning of each semester. The Wind Ensemble meets MWF 2:30-3:45. 

  • Symphonic Band (MUPF 1113) The Symphonic Band presents one to two concerts each semester, offering a diverse and engaging repertoire. The ensemble is open to all students regardless of major without an audition. All students must complete a placement audition at the beginning of each semester to establish part placement. The Symphonic Band meets TTh 5:30-6:45.

  • Marching Band (MUPF 1118) The UNC Charlotte “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band (PNNMB) is the largest and most visible spirit organization on campus, representing a wide variety of majors from each college within the university. The band entertains thousands of fans each year at football games, community performances, and regional high school marching band festivals. The band's unique style combines exciting arrangements from diverse musical genres with traditional and contemporary drill design.

  • 49ers Basketball Band (MUPF 1114) The 49ers Basketball Band performs for both men's and women's basketball teams throughout the basketball season. As an NCAA Division I program, band members travel to annual conference tournament games, including the NCAA basketball tournament. This ensemble is open only to students who participate in the UNC Charlotte "Pride of Niner Nation" Marching Band.

Dr. Hunter Kopczynski, Director of Bands |

Dr. Brian Taylor, Director of Athletic Bands & Associate Director of Bands |

Jennifer Anderson, Marching Band Business Services Coordinator |  

Fall 2023 Wind Auditions


All wind instrumentalists wishing to perform in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Orchestra for the Fall 2023 semester will need to sign up for a placement audition during the first week of classes (August 21-25). These auditions will be used to determine ensemble placement as well as part assignments. 

Results will be posted and e-mailed to students by Sunday, August 27 and rehearsals for concert ensembles will begin the second week of classes (week of August 28). 

If a student auditions for the Wind Ensemble but is not selected, they will be offered a spot in the Symphonic Band. 

Percussionists please complete the form under STEP 1. We will reach out with percussion-specific audition information and ensemble opportunities. If you have any questions please reach out to Dr. Kopczynski. String players, please click here for information about Orchestra.



Fill out an audition information form: Audition Information Form. (NOTE: You must sign up using your or email. If this is an issue, please contact Dr. Kopczynski at



Sign up for an audition time by clicking on the link for your instrument. 

Monday, August 21

Flute/Piccolo     2:30-4:15
Oboe            4:30-5:00
Saxophone        5:15-6:45

Tuesday, August 22

Clarinet        3:30-5:30
Horn            5:45-6:30

Wednesday, August 23

Trumpet        2:00-3:45
Bassoon         4:00-4:15

Thursday, August 24

Trombone        2:30-3:30
Euphonium        3:45-4:30
Tuba            4:45-5:20

Percussionists: complete the Audition Information Form linked above, and we will reach out to you about an audition time. 

Auditions will take place in the Johnson Band Center. You should warm up in Robinson Hall prior to your audition then walk over to the JBC five minutes prior to your audition time. 

Each audition will take approximately five minutes. 

If you are unable to audition during your scheduled time, please email Dr. Kopczynski at


Download and prepare your audition material. 


Fall 2023 Ensemble Class Schedule

Wind Ensemble M|W|F 2:30-3:45 pm

Symphonic Band T|Th 5:30-6:45 pm
Orchestra T|W|Th 2:30-3:45 pm

You will need to register for the ensemble you are a part of. Music majors should register for Wind Ensemble MUPF 1112, but if you do not get selected for Wind Ensemble, you will need to drop MUPF 1112 and add Symphonic Band MUPF 1113.

Non-music majors will also need to register for the ensemble you are in. If you register for Symphonic Band MUPF 1113, you can add Wind Ensemble MUPF 1112 if you make the group and it fits in your schedule. If you register for Wind Ensemble MUPF 1112, but do not make the group, you’ll need to add Symphonic Band MUPF 1113 instead.

If you know you want to play in Symphonic Band, go ahead and register for MUPF 1113. 

All course changes will need to occur before the add/drop date. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the woodwind and brass placement audition process, please contact Dr. Kopczynski at

If you are a string player interested in participating in the orchestra, please click here for information or contact Dr. Yamamoto at