Band & Instrumental Studies


The instrumental music program at Midwestern State University combines private study, ensemble performance, and classroom teaching leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Music (Instrumental Performance) and Bachelor of Music  (Teacher Certification).

Students in both programs study with senior brass, woodwind and percussion faculty. Emphasis in the performance major is placed on performance techniques, practice, and pedagogy. The teacher certification program focuses on educational methods and psychology for classroom teaching, balanced with quality performance skills.

The Midwestern Music Department is proud of the variety of performing opportunities available, including The Golden Thunder Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble, Winterguard, Caribbean Pan Ensemble, and Steel Bandits Pan Ensemble.

Music Scholarships totaling over $50,000 are awarded each year to deserving music majors. Band scholarships totaling over $26,000 are awarded to members of the various bands at MSU, regardless of the student’s major field of study.

Being a part of a college band program is exciting and rewarding. High-school and college students often have questions about the MSU Band program, band scholarships, the amount of time needed to be in the bands, which course to enroll in, etc. If we haven't answered your questions with this page, don't hesitate to call us.

The Midwestern State University Band program is a major source of pride and spirit for the Music Program and for the University. We are one of the most visible student groups at the University. Our bands perform at pep rallies, parades around campus, formal and informal concerts and in the public schools across north Texas. Our bands perform at home and away football games, men's and women's basketball games, and home and away playoff games in several sports.

We are dedicated to giving our best every time we rehearse or perform. Discipline, unity, leadership, and a positive attitude are key ingredients for our success. Learning to work with others is one of the most important skills you can learn in life. 

An important part of being a member of the MSU Bands is making new friendships with other students. Membership in the MSU Bands can give you the motivation and inspiration to perform well at MSU and will carry over into other aspects of your college life. We want you to know that every single band member is important to what we are trying to accomplish--learning good music, becoming better performers, and supporting University programs like intercollegiate athletics. Your desire to contribute to the bands and your dedication to being the best are just as important to us as are your musical experiences and performing ability. All students, from beginning freshmen to seniors, are welcome members of the MSU Bands.

If you have further questions, you may always call or e-mail any member of the band staff and we will be happy to help you. Most of all, we hope you will be a part of the wonderful experience of the MSU Bands.


Instrumental Faculty:

Dr. Matthew Luttrell, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Bands, Low Brass, Conducting, Music Education.

Mr. Alan Black, Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, Percussion, Percussion Methods, Marching Band Techniques, and Music Appreciation.

Dr. Susan Harvey, Assistant Professor of Music, High Brass, Education, Piano class.

Dr. Ronald Hough, Professor Emeritus– Adjunct, Strings, Organ Study.

Mr. Bruce Canafax, Adjunct Instructor of Music. Guitar

Dr. Andrew Allen, Assistant Professor of Music. Woodwinds

Ms. Janelle Olson, Adjunct Instructor of Music. Flute

For more information about Instrumental Study at Midwestern State, contact:

MSU Music Department – (940) 397-4267

3410 Taft Blvd. Wichita Falls, Texas 76308-2099