Join a music ensemble at SDSU and you have joined a tradition dating back over one hundred years. Our bands, choirs, and orchestra are a big part of what we like to call the front porch of the University. Once you have experienced one of our ensembles, you will understand why they are known as some of the best in the West, and why our University is so proud to call them home.
Jackrabbit musicians are some of the most hard-working, well-traveled students on campus. Our marching band students have witnessed Presidential oaths of office and marched in nationally televised parades on both coasts. Our pep band has performed during five NCAA basketball tournaments in the last four years. Choristers have sang on the steps of our nation’s Capitol, for Gubernatorial inaugurals, and toured countries like Russia, Germany, England. Jazz students have performed during the prestigious Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival.
There is an ensemble for you at South Dakota State University, and we encourage you to get involved!
With three degree options, a marching band, three choirs, three concert bands, a symphony orchestra, and two jazz ensembles, there is a musical outlet for everyone in the School of Performing Arts. We are by design a school that focuses all of its attention on undergraduate learning, research, creative activity, and service to the discipline of music. Watch this video for more information about the ensembles at SDSU.