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Kent State Bands

Jesse Leyva

The Kent State University Bands offer our students the chance to make music in nine performing ensembles to meet your skill and scheduling needs. Music majors and non-music majors have the opportunity to create and perform in athletic bands, jazz ensembles, and concert bands taught by outstanding and engaging faculty. Whether the goal is to become a performer, teacher, or to simply stay active and enjoy music, the Kent State Bands have a place for you!

As one of the most visible and active areas of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music in the College of the Arts, our University Bands include the Marching Golden Flashes, Kent Wind Ensemble, two Jazz Ensembles, Flasherbrass Basketball Band, Kent Concert Band, Kent University Band, and two Jazz Combos. These ensembles present many performances throughout the year on campus, in the community, and at prestigious events throughout the state and region.

We invite you to surround yourself with the passionate, talented, and creative musicians in the Kent State Bands.  You will feel the energy and excitement that playing the best music for concert, jazz, and athletic bands brings.  Contact us to get more info about how you can be a part of the rich band tradition here at Kent State University!

Dr. Jesse Leyva

Director of Bands

jleyva@kent.edu