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Bands and Instrumental Music

Join the NWOSU Bands!

Northwestern Oklahoma State University offers all the opportunities that can be found at any 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!


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


Phi Delta Music Society
Katelyn Cutsinger, President


Performance Groups


Students can be awarded up to $2,000 for participation in the bands. 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.

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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