Faculty of Music

Symphonic Band

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Director: Colleen Richardson

The Western University Symphonic Band has a long-standing history of musical achievement.  It was the first large instrumental ensemble at the university over 50 years ago. The ensemble’s goals are to explore quality music written for the wind band, and to perform it with mastery. Typical repertoire consists of music written in a variety of styles, including transcriptions, the core standard band repertoire, and some of the best new pieces for the genre.

Comprised of approximately 60+ musicians, the WUSB, is open to music majors and non-music majors by audition. Auditions take place immediately before classes begin in the fall. The Symphonic Band performs four concerts per year on the university campus in the Paul Davenport Theatre.

Auditions:

Audition required. Open to all Western students. Complete information and audition excerpts can be found here.

All wind, brass and percussion students planning to audition for this ensemble should complete and bring this form to their audition.

Repertoire:

Download (PDF) cumulative repertoire

Rehearsals:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

View course outline for more information or visit the MPS general ensemble information page.

2016/2017 Concert Season:

Paul Devenport Theatre, Talbot College

Wednesday, October 19, 12:30 p.m.
Light, Hope, and Joy: The Symphonic Band embarks on their concert season with pieces that inspire and entertain.  Repertoire includes works by Alfred Reed, Eric Whitacre, Jan Van der Roost, Nachman Yariv and Alfred Sadel.

Wednesday, November 30, 12:30 p.m.
Merry Music: The Symphonic Band's second concert features music by American composers who were inspired by the beauty of the Moon and Earth in addition to music of a festive nature from England and Hungary.

Wednesday February 15, 12:30 p.m.
Festive Songs and Dances: Performing works by Cichy, Persichetti, Calvert, Beringen and Reed, the Symphonic Band celebrates Canadian folk song and pays homage to two of the most important works for winds: Pageant and Armenian Dances.

Wednesday March 29, 8:00 p.m.
Incidentaly Yours...: The Symphonic Band ends their season with works that cross a broad emotional spectrum, and featuring core repertoire by Hanson, Smith, Del Borgo, Grainger, and Shostakovich.