Texas A&M Bands*
The Bands at Texas A&M University include the nationally famous "Fightin' Texas Aggie Band", Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, and Aggieland Dance Orchestra. The band program involves over 700 students each semester. The bands participate in a wide variety of performances including athletic events, formal concerts, informal concerts, parades, gatherings and ceremonies. Performance venues span 80,000+ seat stadiums, concert halls, national and state music conventions, European cathedrals and auditoriums, small recital spaces, Presidential Inaugural Parade Routes and others.
Students from every department and major at A&M are welcome and involved in the A&M Bands. Membership in each of the bands requires prior band experience. Audition requirements range from quite low pressure to very competitive depending on the ensemble. More information about each ensemble and its requirements can be found by following the links above.
Dr. Timothy Rhea*
Dr. Timothy B. Rhea is the Director of Bands at Texas A&M University. He serves as administrative head of the instrumental music department, serves as conductor of the University Wind Symphony, and is the director of the nationally famous “Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.” He contributes as composer and arranger for all the ensembles within the TAMU Band Department. He joined the Texas A&M University band staff in June of 1993, and assumed his position of Director of Bands on June 1, 2002.
Rhea is a graduate of DeKalb, TX High School and grew up in the music programs of the Texas public schools. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education with honors from the University of Arkansas where he was a private conducting student of Eldon A. Janzen. He earned the Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Texas Tech University where he studied with the late James Sudduth. During his time at Tech, he served as assistant conductor of the University Symphonic Band and graduate assistant director and musical arranger to the Texas Tech University Marching Band, where he worked with Keith Bearden. Rhea was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting and Composition from the University of Houston in May of 1999. In July of 1999, he was awarded the Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year for the state of Texas from Phi Beta Mu. In December of 2000, Dr. Ray Bowen, former President of Texas A&M University, presented Dr. Rhea with the President’s Meritorious Service Award to Texas A&M University.
Dr. Rhea was named conductor of the TAMU Wind Symphony in 1995. During his tenure at Texas A&M University, Dr. Rhea has conducted the Wind Symphony for conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association, as well as in settings such as the Meyerson Symphony Center of Dallas and the Wortham Center of Houston, and on tours which have taken the band throughout the state of Texas. On their European tours (1999, 2001, 2004), Dr. Rhea has conducted the Wind Symphony during concerts in Ireland, England, Austria, and Germany. Under his direction, the Wind Symphony has released several nationally popular compact discs, all with Mark Records in New York.
In addition to conducting, Rhea maintains a very successful career as an arranger and composer. His output of compositions and arrangements numbers over 300. For over ten years, he maintained an extremely active schedule as an arranger for both university and public school marching bands. As a composer, various commissions have resulted in performances for the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors Association, the Cotton Bowl, and the Tournament of Roses Parade. His works are published with TRN Music Publisher, RBC Music Publisher, and Arranger’s Publishing Company.
Rhea maintains a nationally active schedule as conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He has been extended invitations to membership in both the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu. Currently on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association, he additionally holds memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association; Texas Bandmasters Association; College Band Directors National Association; Big 12 Band Directors Association; World Association of Symphonic Bands & Wind Ensembles; American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers; Phi Mu Alpha; Phi Kappa Phi; Pi Kappa Lambda; Kappa Delta Pi; and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.