Instrumental Ensembles

wind ensembleThe Mercer University Instrumental Music Program provides a rich and varied music experience for the college instrumentalist. Instrumental ensembles include the:

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Combo
  • Flute Choir
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Saxophone Quartet
  • Woodwind Quintet
  • Brass Quintet
  • Horn Quartet
  • Brass Choir
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Marching Band 
  • Pep Band
  • Harp Ensemble 

Membership in any of these ensembles is open by audition/interview to all qualified students of the University; moreover, students receive academic credit for satisfactory participation in instrumental activities.

Mercer University Wind Ensemble & Chamber Music Groups

At the onset of each semester, the Mercer Wind Ensemble divides into several small chamber ensembles such as woodwind quintets, flute choir, brass quintets, mixed instrumentations and percussion ensemble. Each chamber ensemble is coached by faculty members in preparation for concerts throughout the semester.

The full ensemble program offers students a chance to perform with outstanding soloists and guest conductors from around the world. Past concerts featured performances with guest composer, Lucidio Quintero from Venezuela, Brazilian guest conductor, Dario Sotelo, and Costa Rican conductor, Juan Battista.

Each CD can be purchased by contacting the Townsend School of Music Office at (478) 301-5751 or for a cost of $13 each. Checks should be made payable to the Mercer University Townsend School of Music.

The conductor of the Mercer Wind Ensemble, Dr. Douglas Hill, is available for guest conducting, clinician and adjudication engagements. He can be reached at 478.301.2752 or e-mail:

Jazz EnsembleMusic Group

The Mercer Jazz Ensemble is a traditional 17-piece big band which honors America’s rich cultural heritage through performance of masterworks by Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Frank Foster and other luminaries from the golden age of jazz. Auditions for the Mercer Jazz Ensemble take place throughout the year.or more information on auditions, please contact: Dr. Monty Cole at (478) 301-4134 or

Jazz Combos

Jazz Combos at Mercer focus on the art of improvisation and arrangement. The Jazz Combos frequently perform in conjunction with the Mercer Jazz Ensemble, but also perform off-campus for regional tours of high schools and other venues. For more information on auditions, please contact: Dr. Monty Cole at (478) 301-4134 or