ETBU offers many performance opportunities for students of all academic disciplines. Click on the links below to learn about each ensemble. To communicate with someone directly, you may contact the ensemble director (as indicated when you click on the ensemble link) or The Department of Music and Theatre Arts. There is a place for you in one or more of these performance groups.
- NAfME Collegiate Chapter
ETBU's chapter of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly MENC) is also affiliated with Collegiate Texas Music Educators and Texas Music Educators Conference (the state chapter of NAfME). It exists for the purpose of:
Making available to members opportunities for professional development;
Acquainting students with the privileges and responsibilities of the music education profession;
Providing all members with the opportunity to become acquainted with leaders in the music education profession through participation in programs, demonstrations, discussions, workshops, and performances planned by this chapter, the state music educators association, and the National Association for Music Education;
Assisting the school in various projects throughout the year; and
Providing the opportunity to have contact with collegiate members from other schools.
This group organizes a yearly trip to the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio. Recent accomplishments include winning Best Booth at the 2014 Homecoming Carnival with their Instrument Petting Zoo and receiving Chapter Growth Awards from the national organization for both the 2013-2014 and 2014-15 school years. Membership is open to any ETBU student interested in music teaching and learning. The group's faculty advisor is Cammy Burkhalter, Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator.
- Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi
Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi are honorary service organizations whose sole purpose is to serve the college or university band programs through service projects, fundraisers, social events, and other projects as needed. Tau Beta Sigma operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society whose chief aim is to assist the directors in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that they require of their band. Our goals are not only to provide the band with organized and concentrated service activities, but to give our membership valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership, and social contacts. The honorary nature of membership is based on our premise that "It is an honor to be selected to serve" this band, its department of music, its sponsoring institution, and the cause of band music in the nation's colleges and universities. On the local level, chapter responsibilities include concentrated service activities as well as providing the intangible items of morale, spirit, enthusiasm, atmosphere, and attitude within the band. As noted in the Preamble of our Constitution and as charged in much of our Ritual, the cultivation and maintenance of an agreeable and enthusiastic attitude is mandatory for all of our members, and this serves to foster the wholesome and cooperative spirit that each director wants for his/her band.
The Director of Bands is the advisor for the ETBU Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi chapters. For more information, visit the KKY/TBS website.