Under the direction of Dustin Barr - Director of Bands, the University Wind Symphony, acclaimed for its broad repertoire and excellence, performs contemporary music by important American composers such as Kraft, Grantham, Welcher, Husa, and Ticheli as well as the traditional concert band music of Sousa, Holst and Vaughn Williams. The ensemble is comprised of the finest wind studies majors in the School of Music, and has performed throughout the world. Recent tours include a 10 day tour to Portugal in Summer, 2011. The Wind Symphony partook in three performances including a performance in Lisbon sponsored by the US Embassy and culminated with a performance with one of Portugal's most highly regarded bands in the city of Alcochete. Additional tours include the Jeju International Band Festival in South Korea, and the Japan Band Director’s Association annual clinic at Nemo-No-Sato. The Wind Symphony has also performed numerous times for the College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference and the California Band Directors Annual Convention.
The Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dustin Barr, performs the best of the standard wind band repertory, with an emphasis on American composers and significant newer works. Members of the Symphonic Winds are selected by audition and typically perform two to three times each semester, while focusing on musical growth and expression as individuals and as an ensemble.
We believe that music is a life-long activity, and want every student regardless of their major to have an opportunity to continue playing. The University Band is designed and structured for the student pursuing music as a hobby. The ensemble is conducted by Dr. Fennell and assisted by graduate students, making this a unique learning opportunity for ensemble members and conductors alike.
Conducted by Marc Dickey, the band meets one day per week for 1 hour and 50 minute rehearsals. There are no auditions for membership, but there are auditions for seating. The time commitment outside of class is limited to one or two concerts per semester, and there are no sectional requirements.