Gale Force Winds is the pep band component of the athletics band program that performs at men’s and women’s basketball games, women’s volleyball matches, and various university alumni and outreach events and on-campus pep rallies.
These bands draw their membership from the marching band and include traditional band instruments plus a rhythm section of bass, guitar, and drum set. Auditions for Gale Force Winds occur during the annual summer Band Camp, usually held the week prior to classes starting in August. Click here for more information.
Gale Force Winds travels extensively with the basketball teams to post-season tournaments. Recent destinations have included Spokane, WA; Atlanta, GA; Charlottesville, VA; Greensboro, NC; and Little Rock, AR.
Band members receive a stipend at the end of the semester for performing with the bands. The rehearsal time is minimal. Typically the band has a few reading rehearsals at the beginning of each season as well as one or two review rehearsals following winter break.
Whether performing in the Knight Center for volleyball or the Bank United Center for basketball, Gale Force Winds provides an energetic pulse to the game environment.