The Augustana Band

Augustana Band

The origin of wind band music at Augustana College dates back to 1896, when a few students at the Lutheran Normal School in Sioux Falls gathered for the purpose of organizing a band. The merger of the Lutheran Normal School and Augustana College in 1918 strengthened the band in quality and number. A constitution was approved stating "the purpose of this organization shall be to create interest in band music, to furnish an opportunity for instruction on the various instruments, and to provide a means of entertainment."

Today, The Augustana Band is recognized as one of the finest collegiate concert organizations in the Midwest. It performs in the finest concert halls and has appeared before state, regional and national music educators' gatherings. The Band hosts the annual "Augustana Band Festival" (now it its 55th year) and has a busy concert and special event calendar.

The first international tour for the Band was a 24-day tour of Asia in January of 1999.  A second tour, this time to China, occurred in 2003 and, in 2007, the Band returned once more to China and performed to sold-out audiences in China's most significant concert and music halls. More recently, the Band explored the culture and history of Egypt while on a 22-day tour in January of 2011.  The next adventure for the Band will be a return to China, now scheduled for January, 2015.

Dr. Bruce Ammann conducted The Augustana Band since 1989.  Ammann has now retired from this position and is teaching full time in the Music Department.  Dr. Paul Schilf, who covered for Dr. Ammann during his leave has been appointed as the continuing Director of the Augustana Band.

If you are interested in becoming part of the joy and excitement that is Augustana music, we invite your audition to join us in one of our instrumental ensembles!   Learn about how your audition can be one to remember!