The Kent State University Bands are part of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music in the College of the Arts.  The Division of Bands includes the Kent Wind Ensemble, Kent Concert Band, Kent University Band, Two Jazz Ensembles, and athletic bands such as the Marching Golden Flashes and the Flasherbrass basketball band.  These ensembles present many free performances throughout the year.  Additionally, while most of these bands require an audition, membership is open to all Kent State student instrumentalists, regardless of major.  Please see our concert calendar page for information about future performances.

For information regarding the Kent State Bands Division, please contact the band office by calling 330.672.0080 or sending an e-mail to

Division of Bands Office


Mr. Chas Baker, Director of Jazz Studies


Mailing Address:

Hugh A. Glauser School of Music

Kent State University

Kent, OH, 44242

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music welcomes new faculty to the Division of Bands:

    - Dr. Jesse Leyva, Director of Bands

    - Dr. John Franklin, Director of Athletic Bands

For more upcoming events, please see our calendar page

Kent State University

Hugh A. Glauser School of Music

The KSU Hugh A. Glauser School of Music enjoys a national reputation as a leader in music education, performance, and research.  The school’s philosophy centers on developing artist-musicians who teach, perform, and composer music with highly successful graduates enjoying fulfilling careers in these endeavors.