THE Symphonic Band & Marching Pioneers

WHO - Membership is open to all enrolled Wayland Baptist University students who have had high school band experience. You do not have to be a music major to be in the band.  We have band members involved in virtually every curriculum on campus... sign up for MUSI 1116 / MUSI 1118 or come by the Band Hall:  Room 130, Harral Music Wing, (806) 291-1077, anthony.king@wbu.edu.


TIME - Rehearsals are held Monday through Thursday, between 12:20 – 1:35 PM.  There are no extra rehearsals and the band will not require a large amount of the student’s time and will not interfere with your studies.  College bands rehearse far less than most high school bands (no contests to attend… we host them).  We are committed to the education of the student in his/her chosen field and our program is guaranteed to enhance your college experience with an activity that promises years of enjoyment (believe it or not, the best years are yet to come).


COST - Band members are not assessed fees for uniform, music or instrument rental to be in the band.  There is a small fee for social events and members are required to purchase a band t-shirt for organized band events.  When the band travels, expenses are incurred by the University so that students aren’t discouraged from participating in the program.


CREDIT - Academic credit is offered for all students enrolled in the Wayland Bands.  One hour credit is available and applies to all courses of study and can be repeated every semester.


AUDITIONS - Scholarship Auditions for incoming students are held during per-arranged visits to Wayland.  Students should call in advance to schedule an audition date and time.  To schedule a scholarship audition, contact Mrs. Gail Wiliams, scholarship coordinator, (806) 291-1074, or Dr. Anthony King, Associate Director of Bands, (806) 291-1077 or email anthony.king@wbu.edu.


START - Band camp begins only a few days before classes, after students have already reported to campus.  Students will receive a newsletter in August notifying them of the specifics.  Since the University does not support a football team, the rehearsal schedule is a bit more relaxed than most high school and collegiate band camps.  Yet, the band strives to attain the high level of excitement and intensity that the more contemporary drum-corps style bands have to offer and the past several years, the band’s Fall production has been a full length indoor stage show with special staging and lighting effects, somewhat like the professional group BLAST.


TRAVEL - The Marching Pioneers travel to area high schools each fall to present guest marching exhibitions and marches at selected band extravaganzas and festivals.  The Symphonic Wind Ensemble takes an extensive tour during the spring.  The band is an international organization and has traveled to Rome, Italy; Brazil; and Toronto, Canada.  In 2003, the Wayland Band traveled, along with the full music division, on a cultural / music mission trip to Madrid and Valencia, Spain.  In 2006, the Wayland Band accepted an invitation to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia to represent the United States as Special Musical Ambassadors in the 61st Victory Day Celebrations… the only collegiate band from the United States invited to do so.

Director of Bands - Dr. Carl Rowles

Carl RowesCarl Rowles has been named Wayland’s new Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Education. Rowles is currently serving as the interim director of the Monmouth College Wind Ensemble while completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in band conducting at the University of Iowa. He is on course to complete his degree in May.

Rowles holds a master’s degree from Tennessee Technological University in music education curriculum, instruction and conducting and a bachelor’s degree from Simpson College in music education. While at the University of Iowa, Rowles has conducted the university band and been part of the leadership team for the Hawkeye Marching Band. He has held teaching positions at Tennessee Technological University and New Hampton High School in New Hampton, Iowa.

Professionally, Rowles has served as a conductor, adjudicator and musical theatre conductor. He is an accomplished performer on trumpet and piano, and has designed marching drill arrangements. At Wayland he will direct the Wayland Wind Ensemble, teach instrumental music education and conducting courses, and supervise student teachers.

Contaact Dr. Rowles @ (806) 291-1063 or rowlesc@wbu.edu


Dr. King has a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Central Florida, where he studied under Professors Jeffrey Moore, Kirk Gay and Jim Yakas. While at UCF, Anthony’s concert percussion experience included performing with the “pop” and chamber percussion ensembles as a member and featured soloist, and with the steel band entitled, “Black Steel”. He was the percussion section leader in the concert band, under the direction of Ron Ellis, as well as the wind ensemble under Dr. Richard Greenwood, and played in Dr. Lazlo Marosi’s symphony orchestra.

His outdoor percussion background includes service in the University of Central Florida Marching Knights Drum line for three years, being the section leader in the final year. He has performed with the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2002 with the front ensemble. In 2003, the Marching Knights travelled to Eksjö, Sweden where Dr. King served as the percussion section leader and arranger. He was a performing member of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004 on snare drum. He was also a part of the student musician program at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for three years, and in the final year served as percussion section leader. In 2006 he went on to teach the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in the capacity of Front Ensemble Coordinator and percussion co-arranger. During this time he also was on staff at several local and state-recognized percussion programs.

Contact anthony.king@wbu.edu, (806) 291-1077



Joe Vandiver

Joseph Vandiver, Associate Professor of Instrumental Studies at Wayland Baptist University.  His duties include the applied instruction in high brass and directing the Wayland Jazz Ensemble .  He holds Bachelor of Music, Masters of Music and Doctorate of Music degrees in Trumpet Performance from Texas Tech University under the tutelage of Will Strieder.  While at Texas Tech he was recognized with the award of Outstanding Musician and was a member of the Faculty Brass Quintet. 


Dr. Vandiver is a member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Santa Fe Pro Musica, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Roswell Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Abilene Opera, Plainview Symphony, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Caprock Pro Musica and the Big Spring Symphony.  He is an active chamber musician, soloist and clinician throughout Texas.

Contact - vandiverj@wbu.edu - (806) 291-1071.



OTHER ensembles

  • Jazz Ensemble

  • Basketball Pep Band

  • Woodwind Quintet

  • Flute Ensemble

  • Clarinet Ensemble

  • Saxophone Ensemble

  • Brass Choir

  • Brass Quintet

  • Trumpet Ensemble

  • Horn Quartet

  • Trombone Ensemble

  • Tuba / Euphonium Ensemble

  • Percussion Ensemble

  • Marimba Ensemble

  • Chamber Orchestra

  • Guitar Ensemble


The School of Music at Wayland Baptist University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music