The Belmont University Band program thrives in the heart of the Nashville metropolitan area and draws upon diverse musical and cultural resources within minutes of campus. Both graduate and undergraduate music majors and students from all facets of university life enjoy diverse opportunities for performance as members of the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, chamber ensembles, and athletic pep bands. The university bands cater to the wide variety of interests on campus and complement an extended spectrum of offerings ranging from commercial to classical performance within the School of Music.
Membership in the Belmont Band Program represents all degree programs within the School of Music. The four-year liberal arts degree at Belmont provides many options for the exploration of a musical career or to continue one's enjoyment of the opportunity to perform in an ensemble. Options include majors in Music Education, Music Performance, Commercial Music, Church Music, Music Composition, Music Theory, Music With An Outside Minor, Bachelor of Arts in Music, and a Minor in Music.
Dr. Barry Kraus serves as Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Ensembles at Belmont University where he conducts the Belmont Wind Ensemble, the Concert Band, coordinates athletic bands, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. Prior to his appointment at Belmont, Dr. Kraus served on the faculty at Baylor University as Associate Director of Bands and Director of the 275-member Golden Wave Marching Band. He previously taught at the University of Texas as Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band and in the Waco Independent School District as Assistant Director of Bands. Dr. Kraus holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Arizona State University, the Master of Music Degree from Baylor University, and the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Oklahoma State University.
As a guest conductor, he has appeared at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the American Band Master’s Association National Conference, and regional conferences of the College Band Directors National Association. His principal conducting teachers include Gary Hill, Michael Haithcock, and Joseph Missal. Dr. Kraus has been a frequent guest conductor with regional and area honor bands and served as an adjudicator for marching and concert festivals in several states.
Dr. Kraus has presented research and conference clinics related to conducting at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, Music Educator’s National Conference, the CBDNA National Conference, and the International Conference on Arts and Humanities. His writings are published in the Journal of Band Research and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Active in professional organizations, Dr. Kraus is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Middle Tennessee Band and Orchestra Directors Association, College Music Society, and the Conductor’s Guild. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and holds honorary memberships in Kappa KappiPsi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Join University Bands:
- Apply to Belmont. Click here for information. Students from surrounding universities are also eligible to participate in the ensembles.
- Music Majors: Attend one of the scheduled audition days on campus to be considered for a music scholarship. Click here for more information.
- Complete our online information form to receive information about joining the bands.
- Participate in auditions for the fall semester (Wind Ensemble and Pep Band only). No audition is required for Concert Band.
- Register for Wind Ensemble (MUN 4900) or Concert Band (SpStuEns: Concert Band-MUN 3991-02) when you visit with your advisor for orientation in June or July.
One graduate assistantship is available through the University Band Program every two years for a student to assist with administration and direction of the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and athletic bands. Those who wish to pursue advanced study with an emphasis in conducting have ample podium time with the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. Belmont provides a unique setting in which graduate students receive concentrated attention from faculty, numerous performance opportunities, and frequent access to the Nashville music culture. To inquire about studies in music education, conducting, ensemble internships, or a graduate assistantship, please contact , Director of Bands, via email. Click here to view our graduate music catalog.
The Belmont University Master of Music Degree includes six majors: Church Music, Commercial Music, Composition, Music Education, Pedagogy, and Performance. Each of the strong musical and academic curricula consists of 34 total hours. Graduate students in each major are required to successfully complete comprehensive written and oral examinations as well as a culminating project. Culminating Project track options vary according to the major and include: (a) lecture recital track (includes a research project), (b) full recital track (includes a recital paper), (c) thesis/project track.
Dr. Barry Kraus is the Director of University Bands.
For more information on the University Bands, email Dr. Barry Kraus.