Music Department Service Chamber Ensembles

The Adams State University Music Department created six ensembles to provide service to ASU, the community, and the greater Rocky Mountain region. These ensembles support ASU initiatives, provide community and educational outreach, and embrace new and diverse musical opportunities and settings.

Ensembles can be scheduled, based on availability, by contacting Emily Johnson, Ensembles Manager at or the ASU Music Department.

68 West

68 West has inspired and amazed audiences with their harmony and clarity for over 15 years. The vocal ensemble is a collegiate a cappella group made up of eight to twelve passionate, young musicians. Their different majors, backgrounds and experiences bring diversity to the group.

The wide variety of music is welcomed by audiences on campus, in the community, and throughout the state. 68 West also engages public school students in educational workshops to promote the arts.

7543’ Panhandlers Steel Band

The 7543’ Panhandlers Steel Pan Ensemble is an exclusive steel band ensemble comprised of ASU students. The group’s name represents the elevation ASU in Alamosa, CO.

Founded in 2016, the 7543’ Panhandlers is excited to begin reaching out and entertaining a wide variety of audiences in new venues. With steel pans originating in islands of Trinidad and Tobago, 7543’ plays music ranging from traditional island music, to hip-hop and popular tunes.

Alpine Backbeats Drum Line

Alpine Backbeats Drum Line is the new face of drum line entertainment at ASU. Alpine Backbeats offers high-energy performances for almost all venues and event types, from football games and rallies to benefits and private parties. In addition to standard drum line music, we also offer a variety of different percussion styles including Brazilian samba and other world music.

Members of the ensemble include both percussion majors and other instrumental music majors alike varying in years of study from freshman to seniors.

Desert Winds Quintet

Desert Winds Quintet is a classical woodwind quintet that came together in the fall of 2015 as a student ensemble at ASU. Desert Winds has had the pleasure of performing for the President of Adams State and the Mayor of Alamosa, along side the Air Force Academy Band woodwind quintet, and in other formal and informal concert settings.

While most of their repertoire is classical woodwind quintet literature from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, Desert Winds is excited to incorporate 20th-21st century music into their sound.

The Power of Five

In 2016, the ASU Music Department brought together five talented women with diverse origins, forming The Power of Five Brass Quintet. With a unique instrumentation, this group adds a surprising twist to the traditional brass ensemble. Their repertoire ranges from popular tunes to film scores, classical music to compositions and arrangements written by the ensemble members.

The Power of Five plans to take their performance to the next level with electronic effects, such as looping, reverb, and echo techniques. The Power of Five is excited to bring their new, unique style to life through performance.

Summit Flute Quartet

Summit Flute Quartet was established in the fall semester of 2014 at ASU. Summit Flute Quartet has performed in a variety of settings, including formal recitals, charity events, community outreach, and campus events.

Their repertoire ranges from classical to modern era compositions and their programs appeal to audiences of all ages. Summit Flute Quartet also provides educational outreach concerts.