Rice University Bands, home of The MOB!


Welcome to Rice University Bands, home of The MOB! But we are not JUST the world-famous Marching Owl Band (that NEVER marches), we have other bands and ensembles, too! Check us out and poke around. We are happy you stopped by to visit.

Thank you for your interest in making a gift to Rice University Bands.  A gift of any amount can greatly impact our students’ experience.

A gift to the Rice University Bands Gift Fund provides support for The MOB, the Jazz Big Band, the Jazz Combo, Chamber Music for non-Music Majors, and the Rice Symphonic Band.

A gift to the Jazz Ensemble Gift Fund provides support for the Jazz Big Band and the Jazz Combo. Jazz Big Band is a challenging opportunity to play contemporary Jazz in a large group setting. Jazz Combo performs contemporary Jazz in a smaller group setting that allows for improvisation. Course credit is available for both ensembles.

A gift to the Marching Owls Gift Fund provides support for rehearsal, training, travel ,and performances by The MOB.

Your official tax receipt will be sent automatically to the email address you provide.

Want to join Rice Bands this fall?

Click here for the registration form!

If you want to continue to play cool music, be part of something fun, or just check us out, submit the registration form and give it a try!

If you have any questions, contact Chuck Throckmorton, Director of Bands, at cthrock@rice.edu.


Rice University bands and music classes:

-RICE SYMPHONIC BAND (MUSI 340 Section 1)
-RICE JAZZ ENSEMBLE (MUSI 342 Section 1)
-RICE JAZZ COMBO, AKA “Jazz Labs” (MUSI 342 Section 2)
-CHAMBER MUSIC FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORSs (MUSI 340 Section 2)

Also offered:
-APPLIED STUDIES IN JAZZ (Jazz Improv) (MUSI 345)
-BAND ARRANGING (MUSI 415)

With the exception of The MOB, all our groups are part of for-credit “MUSI” courses, administered through the Shepherd School of Music and taught here in the Band Hall by our own extraordinarily talented and dedicated music teachers and professional musicians.


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