Band of Knights Ensembles
The Middle Georgia State Band of Knights Marching Band is one of the most exciting, dynamic, and visible organizations at
Middle Georgia State University. Comprising students from many different areas of study from Middle Georgia and across the
state, the majority of Band of Knights members actually major in subject areas outside of music. Even though our members
possess a wealth of musical talent, we particularly desire players who demonstrate a strong sense of dedication and pride
in their work. From the Band of Knights Marching Band to our outstanding jazz, percussion, and wind groups, instructional
excellence is our top priority. Our goal is to meet both the performance objectives of our ensembles as well as providing
a top-rate educational experience to our members. As the Band of Knights continues its tradition of making a difference,
one student at a time, we invite you to join us! Expectatio Excellentiae Dedicatione. Go Knights!
The Marching Band rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in our practice facilities on the Macon campus. We also rehearse on Saturday mornings of game weeks. Auditions for The Band of Knights begin in February and continue through the beginning of our preseason band camp which begins just prior to the start of fall semester classes. All students selected for membership in The Band of Knights Marching Band (including Colorguard and Drumline), must be registered in MUSC 1080 (2080 for returning members) for the fall semester. There are no fees required for membership and Middle Georgia State University pays for travel and uniform items (except band shoes.) All Band of Knights members order and buy the same black marching shoe. Ordering information is provided by the Band Department.
Band camp will run August 11, 12, 13 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM in our practice facilities on the Macon campus. Percussionists please see our Drumline page.
Woodwind and brass players audition for The Band of Knights by playing major scales, a prepared piece, and sight reading. Prepared music can be a solo, etude, or honor band audition material. You do not need a pianist. The entire audition takes approximately fifteen minutes and is fairly informal. Students not majoring in music can schedule an audition anytime between February 1st and August 14th. Music majors who are accepted into a Department of Music wind or percussion studio are automatically invited to our preseason Band Camp. Auditions may be waived at the discretion of the director and instructional staff.
Please fill out the registration form on this web site to add your name to the mailing list. If you are an out-of-state student, and are unable to come to campus for an audition, we will accept a compact disc audio or DVD video of your playing.
Once accepted to MGA, all incoming freshmen should schedule their orientation and testing prior to Band of Knights Preseason Band Camp. Please consult the Middle Georgia State web site for available dates for these sessions. Final selection of Band of Knights Marching Band members will occur during the Preseason Band Camp in August.
The Drumline comprises 20 to 25 members including traditional battery and front ensemble instrumentalists. Drumline auditions are held in August one day before the start of the preseason band camp. This camp is generally held the weekend before fall semester classes begin. Returning members must re-audition each year for the line. The audition consists of prepared materials which will be distributed to all prospective members. Please fill out our online registration form to add your name to the mailing list. Band camp registration is included as part of the registration form linked to this website. In addition to rehearsing with the Band of Knights, the Drumline rehearses on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings of game days.
The Band of Knights Drumline instructional staff normally offers (non-mandatory) workshops for interested students over the summer. These free workshops will be held in the Arts Complex Theater on the Macon Campus. We will email details to you, so make sure you fill out the band registration form on this site.
Unlike wind players who are interested in The Band of Knights, percussionists do not need to schedule an individual appointment to play for the band staff before the August audition date (unless you are a prospective music major). All students selected for the Drumline immediately begin band camp the day after auditions conclude.
Membership in all concert groups is by individual audition and is open to all regularly enrolled students regardless of
The MGS Symphonic Winds (Concert Band)
The MGS Symphonic Winds is the Band Department's largest concert organization and is composed of musicians from all schools
and departments within Middle Georgia State. The Symphonic Winds performs a repertoire of the finest in original band music
plus orchestral and keyboard transcriptions.
The Middle Georgia Percussion Ensemble
One of the most highly acclaimed groups within the Band of Knights family, the Percussion Ensemble is in high demand throughout
the state and region. This group performs a broad range of percussion music from Salsa to steel drums to contemporary compositions.
The Jazz Knights Jazz Ensemble
From Louis Armstrong to Count Basie to Weather Report to the Allman Brothers, the Jazz Knights perform a myriad of styles from traditional jazz to fusion and rock. This energetic ensemble, comprising both music majors and students from other disciplines, has become one of the most popular performing groups in the region. The Jazz Knights, will rehearse from 3:30 to 4:45 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Arts Complex Theater. We welcome saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, and drum set players - but if you play another instrument we can find a way to include you as well. New members register for MUSC 1082 and returning members register for MUSC 2082. The ability to improvise is not required - if you are interested we will teach you to improvise - no pressure!
The Middle Georgia Brass Ensemble
The Middle Georgia Brass Ensemble performs a varied repertoire that covers styles from Palestrina to Dixieland. This group
is in high demand throughout Middle Georgia, entertaining audiences of all ages.
The Knight Winds Woodwind Ensemble
The Knight Winds focus on advanced woodwind performance skills, preparing a varied repertoire of classical, romantic, and
contemporary music. This outstanding group is at home in numerous settings from intimate chamber concerts to holiday and
Assembled from many diverse performance backgrounds, the Colorguard presents a cohesive and entertaining visual display which enhances each Band of Knights performance. Guard members are proficient in marching band style spinning and perform with a variety of props including standard and oversized flags, swing flags, and rifles. The MGA Colorguard represents Middle Georgia’s best and brightest students, always setting high standards and exemplifying the pride and spirit of Middle Georgia State!
Colorguard auditions are held in the spring and returning members must re-audition each year. In addition to rehearsing with the Band of Knights, the Colorguard rehearses on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings on game days.
All Band of Knights Colorguard members are expected to attend our Preseason Band Camp and all Band of Knights Marching band rehearsals. Please fill out the registration form on this website to add your name to the mailing list. Band camp registration is included as part of the registration form linked to this website.