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California State University, Fresno offers a diversity of performance opportunities within its music department. From concert bands, jazz ensembles, and brass and woodwind quintets, to athletic bands, pep bands and the marching band, we have a place for members at all levels of musicianship. Our program provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in music for those planning professional careers as performers, composers, educators, and studio teachers, as well as those preparing for degrees in performance and composition. Composed of students of all majors, our ensembles have been received enthusiastically by audiences at home and abroad.
The Bulldog Marching Band is a top-tier college athletic band with a long history of excellence in both musicianship and sportsmanship. For more information regarding the BMB, please go here. To become a member of the Best Band in the West, please fill out our membership application here.
To join our concert ensembles, please fill out this form to sign up for an audition time.
Fresno State is home to one of the most modern and extensive music facilities in the 23 campus CSU system. The new 65,000 square foot expansion of the Music Building, completed in 1991, combined with an extensive remodeling of the existing facility, ensures students enjoy all the advantages a modern facility enjoys. The building houses the 320-seat Concert Hall, the 200-seat Walhberg Recital Hall, a 220-seat Rehearsal Hall, as well as over 30 practice rooms, classrooms, a large dance studio, faculty office space, a conference room, student lounge, and 700 student lockers. The building also contains two digital recording studios, computer labs, MIDI and electronic music labs, and a tracker-action organ.
Fresno State’s music ensembles have been received enthusiastically by audiences both at home and abroad. Various groups have traveled to such places as Belgium, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Israel, Korea, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Russia, Poland, Italy, and Egypt. These groups have also been featured at prestigious domestic venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House. They also regularly perform for numerous professional music conferences, as well as for an extensive campus concert series. For more information regarding these diverse ensembles, click through the "ensembles" drop-down menu at the top of this page.