The Drake Wind Symphony includes the finest wind and percussion students at Drake, and is dedicated to performing the highest quality literature for band, from chamber wind works to contemporary repertoire. The Wind Symphony has developed a national reputation for excellence, giving numerous invited performances and touring extensively throughout the Midwest.
The Drake Wind Ensemble performs the freshest and newest quality works for wind band, while continuing to perform repertoire that stands the test of time. The Drake Wind Ensemble performs several times a year and serves as a preparatory ensemble for students wishing to refine their ensemble skills in the small-ensemble setting.
The Drake Concert Band is open to all Drake students who wish to continue their participation in band beyond high school. It is also an avenue for music education students to refine their knowledge of secondary instruments.
The Drake Marching Band performs at all home football games and rouses the crowd with pre-game pep rallies. The 140-piece marching band performs music ranging from classic rock, Latin, jazz and top-40 hits.
Bulldog Brass pumps up the crowd at men's and women's basketball games. The band also travels to post-season Missouri Valley Conference and NCAA tournaments.