The Augustana Band is recognized as one of the finest 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" and has a busy concert and special event calendar.
Dr. Christopher Unger is the conductor of the Augustana Band. He began his tenure with the group in September 2015.
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. The Band explored the culture and history of Egypt while on a 22-day tour in January of 2011, and most recently to China in 2019.
The origin of wind band music at Augustana University 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."
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.
Blue & Gold Band
More than 40 student musicians and 70 community members rehearse weekly to perform several concerts during the year. They are under the direction of Dr. Larry Petersen.