Band/Wind Symphony

Ranger Marching Band:

Band (MUEN 2121) is predominantly a marching band in the fall semester. The band is open to all student instrumentalists regardless of their major field of study. Organized in 1936, the Ranger Band is one of the most celebrated college bands in the nation, playing to standing ovations in Venezuela, France, Hong Kong, Macao, Korea and Romania, as well as the Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Shrine East-West Game, Kiwanis Bowl (Norfolk) and American All-Star Game (Tampa, Fla.).

The 100-member marching band has also appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (six years), the Little Rose Bowl (Pasadena), the Eisenhower inaugural and others. The 20-member Stage Band has performed at many national association conventions.

Wind Symphony:

The Kilgore College Wind Symphony (MUEN 2122) meets in Spring semesters each year performing a wide variety of symphonic and popular music literature for the concert band.  They present two major performances during the semester and provide a musical outlet for those who enjoy performing on the concert stage.

Jazz Ensemble:

Jazz Ensemble (MUEN 2125) is a select ensemble of standard jazz band instrumentation. Jazz Ensemble repertoire is inclusive of all 20th Century jazz, rock and blues. Students are allowed solo and improvisatory opportunities. The Jazz Ensemble performs several concerts and guest performances across the East Texas area.

Scholarship Information

Band Scholarships are available to all qualified students by audition. Scholarship amounts vary based on the individual's musical ability, past musical accomplishments and audition quality. For additional scholarship and/or audition materials, contact Glenn Wells, Band Director, at (903) 983-8272 or by email.

Ranger Band Alumni Association

Former Kilgore College Band members now have an official alumni group to join to keep up with other former members and promote the band program.  Visit the Ranger Band Alumni Association.

About Glenn Wells, Band Director

Glenn Wells, a KC graduate, took over as head band director in September of 2011. Wells previously served as head band director at Chapel Hill High School, a position he held since July of 2010. During his 31-year public school teaching career, his bands have amassed 28 First Division rankings in marching contests and have won 26 University Interscholastic League Sweepstakes awards. Wells has also served as head high school band director at Pine Tree (2005-2010); Gladewater (2004-05); Overton (1997-2004); Livingston (1996-97); Kilgore (1989-1996); and Lufkin (1987-89).

While band director at Overton High School, his bands won the UIL State Marching Contest in 2001, and the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Award in 2003. Wells earned a Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002 and a Master of Arts from SFASU in 1986.

He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Instrumental Music Education from SFASU in 1980, is a 1977 KC graduate and a graduate of Union Grove High School. Wells has lived in Kilgore for nearly 25 years, and is married to wife, Tracy Wells.  They have two children, Kirk and John.

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Glenn Wells
Director of Bands
Music and Dance Department
Phone:
(903) 983-8272
Office:
Band Hall (BH)
Jeanne Johnson
Department Chair, Instructor
Music and Dance Department
Phone:
(903) 983-8121
Office:
Turk Fine Arts Center (FA), 6