Department of Winds & Percussion

Collaboration is at the heart of the Department of Winds & Percussion. The acclaimed faculty’s exceptional dedication and personal approach to each student creates a fully-integrated environment where students thrive and performance opportunities abound. Students can participate in ensembles across a variety of genres, and create new and boundless collaborations throughout both the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) as well as the greater University. Whether interested in a traditional career trajectory, or forging new creative paths, students receive a dynamic education, assuring them of the intensive training they need to foster artistic growth and excellence, and the support and resources to follow their muse.


At Michigan, private study goes beyond a weekly appointment. Professors are accessible and involved mentors, deeply committed to their students’ growth as individuals as well as musicians. The faculty’s range of experience creates an incomparable in-house resource, while their commitment to teaching provides students with the foundation and real-world guidance needed to flourish in today’s musical landscape.

Daniel Gilbert

Chair of Winds and Percussion and Associate Professor of Music

David Jackson

Professor of Music
Brass Chamber Music Coordinator, Trombone

Doug Perkins

Associate Professor of Music, Director of Percussion


Across all disciplines, students perform and study with their peers in studio classes and perform for the public in solo student recitals and studio recitals.

Performance Opportunities

From large ensembles in celebrated concert halls to chamber groups in intimate recital spaces, performance opportunities across all disciplines abound, with nearly 900 student performances each academic year. Whether your focus is on early, classical, or contemporary music, whether your passion is for jazz, electronic, or world music, there is an ensemble—or in many cases, multiple ensembles—to suit your interests.


Bands & Wind Ensembles

With several large ensembles to choose from, wind and percussion students can explore a range of opportunities for immersive performance experiences.



SMTD orchestras offer numerous concerts each season, performing notable works in the symphonic repertoire as well as abundant newly commissioned works.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music

The thriving chamber music scene at SMTD offers students nearly limitless options to perform, innovate, and collaborate in small, self-driven, and diverse ensembles.

Early Music Ensembles

Early Music Ensembles

Students interested in historically oriented performance have opportunities to explore music from across the centuries, performed on authentic period instruments and high-quality replicas.

Solo & Studio Recitals

Solo & Studio Recitals

Across all disciplines, students perform and study with their peers in studio classes and perform for the public in solo student recitals and studio recitals.

Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles

With large and small jazz ensembles exploring a range of styles, SMTD offers abundant opportunities for students – music majors and non-majors alike – to perform.

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