The bands at UNC Charlotte are dedicated to broadening the artistic level and interest of their members while 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 waiting 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 two concerts per semester on campus and frequently gives concert tours throughout North Carolina and the Southeast. All participants must audition at the beginning of each semester

  • Symphonic Band (MUPF 1113)
    The Symphonic Band presents one to two concerts each semester, offering a diverse and exciting repertoire. All students must complete a placement audition at the beginning of each semester to establish part placement.

  • 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. See the Pride of Niner Nation website for more information.

  • 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 |

Dan Fischer, Visiting Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands |

Jennifer Anderson, Marching Band Business Services Coordinator | 

Spring 2023 Wind Auditions


All wind instrumentalists wishing to perform in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Orchestra for the Spring 2023 semester will need to submit a video audition for either placement in the wind ensemble and/or orchestra or part assignment for the symphonic band. 


Audition submissions are due by 11:59 PM on Monday, December 12. 


Results will be announced by Monday, December 19. Rehearsals for concert ensembles will begin the first week of classes (week of January 9). It is greatly encouraged that music majors audition for Wind Ensemble on their primary instrument.


Percussionists will not need to sign up for an audition - placement will be determined by Professor Dior. If you are a non-music major percussion student, please email Dr. Kopczynski directly for placement information ( 


Download and prepare your audition material. Please read the cover sheet to know exactly what to prepare. There are separate folders for symphonic band and wind ensemble excerpts.





Record all audition material onto one video file. Upload file to YouTube as an unlisted link. 



Complete audition form. Form is not complete until you have provided the unlisted YouTube link to your video audition.


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 please contact Dr. Yamamoto at


Wind Ensemble MWF 2:30-3:45 pm

Symphonic Band TTh 4:00-5:15 pm

Orchestra TWTh 5:30-6:45 pm