One of the fastest-growing ensembles at the School of Music is the Portland State University Band. Led by Pat Vandehey, an experienced music instructor and adjudicator, the band emphasizes relationship-building among students and learning classic music repertoire. If you are interested in joining the University band as a music major, auditions are held in the fall.

Concert Band students in rehearsal

Concert Band

The PSU Concert Band is our largest band, and is open to players of all abilities. This ensemble is a great option for non-performance majors to earn their large ensemble credits while performing with a fun and diverse group of musicians.

Wind Symphony in performance

Wind Symphony

The PSU Wind Symphony is our advanced band ensemble, and requires a greater degree of independence and dedication from its members. Focused on an ambitious, adventurous repertoire, the Wind Symphony frequently collaborates with our Choirs and other ensembles within the School of Music & Theater. 

Pat Vandehey headshot

Pat Vandehey - Band Conductor

Patrick Vandehey is an Associate Professor of Music at Portland State University. Prior to taking the position at PSU he taught 14 years at George Fox University and 23 years in the Beaverton School District, 14 years at Aloha High School and 9 years at Westview High School.