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Join the NWOSU Bands!

Northwestern Oklahoma State University offers all the opportunities that can be found at a large university combined with the friendliness and warmth of a small college. The bands are open to all students regardless of major, and participation scholarships are available. Whether you plan to major in music or if you simply want to continue playing during your university years, you’ll find participating in the bands at Northwestern to be an exciting and rewarding experience.

The Ranger Bands need you!  Visit the information below to learn more about us!


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Dr. Marc Decker
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Director of Instrumental Music and Music Education
Fine Arts 304
(580) 327-8191



Performance Groups


There are many scholarship opportunities at Northwestern Oklahoma State University for members of the bands regardless of major. Students can earn up to $2,000 for participation. The qualifications are maintaining a 2.5 GPA, full-time status as a student at Northwestern, enrolling in and active participation in the Symphonic Band, Ranger Marching Band, and/or Jazz Ensemble.

All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out the Scholarship Application for Freshmen and Transfers, which should be submitted along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships and February 15 for departmental scholarships. Please use the Continuing Student Scholarship Application. Please ask the department chair for an application for departmental scholarships.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

Careers for Degree

What Can I Do with a Music Degree?

  • Announcer
  • Instrument Restorer
  • Piano Tuner
  • Armed Forces Band Member
  • Instrumentalist
  • Session Musician
  • Arranger
  • Music Critic
  • Private Music Teacher
  • Audio Technician
  • Music Executive
  • Singer
  • Booking Agent
  • Music Editor
  • Songwriter
  • Boom Operator
  • Music Librarian
  • Sound Engineer
  • Cantor Music
  • Publisher
  • Recording Mixer
  • Choir Director
  • Lyricist
  • Sound Technician
  • Classical Musician
  • Music Salesperson
  • Stage Manager
  • Communications Expert
  • Music Store Manager
  • Studio Teacher
  • Composer
  • Music Teacher
  • Synthesizer Specialist
  • Concert Master
  • Music Therapist
  • Talent Agent
  • Conductor Music
  • Video Producer
  • Technical Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Musical Performer
  • Theatrical Agent
  • Disc Jockey
  • Orchestra Musician
  • Tour Coordinator
  • Editor
  • Organist
  • Recording Director
  • Film Music Editor
  • Music Software Programmer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Instrument Repairperson
  • Jazz Musician
  • Transcriber

Student Learning Outcomes


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