The ATU Department of Music serves approximately 175 undergraduate music majors seeking either the Bachelor of Arts in Music or the Bachelor of Music Education degrees.
The Tech Band program was created by Marvin Williamson in 1913, and developed into a nationally recognized tradition of excellence by Emeritus Directors of Bands Gene Witherspoon and Hal D. Cooper. Dr. Christopher Anderson created the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in 2011, and the program currently consists of six ensembles serving hundreds of students per semester.
Active in the area of commissioning new music and working closely with world renowned composers since 1950, Tech Bands have enjoyed relationships with Karel Husa, Vincent Persichetti, Francis McBeth, and continue to engage the finest composers to perform established and world premiere manuscripts. Tech wind bands have toured the country and appeared at state, regional, and national conferences of the CDBNA, ABA, ASBOA, and many others. Alumni of Tech Bands are now teachers, performers, and professionals in and out of the field of music around the globe.