Symphonic Band

Director: Nigel Evans

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.


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.



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.

2017/2018 Concert Season:

All performances in Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Colours and Contrasts
Wednesday, October 18th, 12:30 p.m.
The Symphonic Band begins their concert season with works that cross a wide emotional spectrum, and features the world premiere of a new work by Canadian composer Bill Thomas. This commission, inspired by Inuit culture, was made possible through the generous support of Western’s Canada 150 initiative. Other Canadian repertoire on the program includes Paul Suchan’s deeply emotional work The Colours and Contrasts of Grief, and Scott Irvines’s Hannaford Overture.

Hannaford Overture, Irvine, J. Scott
The Colours and Contrasts of Grief, Suchan, Paul
Sketch, Thomas, Bill
Four French Songs, Hanson, Robert
Amparito Roca, Texidor, Jaime/arr. Aubrey Winter

Natural Inspirations
Wednesday, November 29, 12:30 p.m.
The Symphonic Band's second concert features music inspired by Mother Nature. With works by Curnow, Grainger, Carroll, and Barnes, this concert will show the exuberant as well as reflective side of the natural world.

Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew, Curnow, James
Faeroe Island Dance, Grainger, Percy
Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon, Grainger, Percy
Winter Dances, Carroll, Fergal
Trail of Tears, Barnes, James

Friday, February 16, 12:30 p.m.
Performing works by Reed, Margolis, and Nelson, as well as celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein, the repertoire on this concert aims to evoke the impression of a moment, mood, or feeling.

The Hounds of Spring, Reed, Alfred
Salvation is Created, Tschesnokoff, Pavel/arr. Houseknecht, Bruce
Danzon from ‘Fancy Free’, Bernstein, Leonard/arr. Krance, John
Color, Margolis, Bob
Morning Alleluias for the Winter Solstice, Nelson, Ron

Song and Dance
Wednesday, April 4, 8:00 p.m.
Featuring repertoire by Giovannini, Zaninelli, Jager, Yurko, and Markowski, the Symphonic Band closes their season with works that embody the many qualities of song and dance in music.

Overture in Bb, Giovannini, Caesar/scored Robinson, Wayne
Roma Sacra, Zaninelli, Luigi
Third Suite, Jager, Robert E.
In Memoriam: Kristina, Yurko, Bruce
Shadow Rituals, Markowski, Michael