Symphonic Band

Music 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.

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:

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.

2018/2019 Concert Season:

All performances in Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Folk Travels
Wednesday, October 17, 12:30 p.m.

In their opening concert of the season, the Symphonic Band pays homage to the rich tradition of folk music from around the world. Our musical travels will take you on a journey from the USA to Ireland, Spain, Hungary, and China with works by composers as diverse as Clifton Williams and Li Chang.

Special Guests! Wind Ensemble Concert - Homecoming: Past and Present
Friday, October 19, 8 p.m.

The Symphonic Band shares the Wind Ensemble's first concert of the season in celebration of Homecoming Weekend at Western. Learn more

Sunny Ways
Wednesday, November 28, 12:30 p.m.

The Symphonic Band's second concert features music that has a connection to the natural world. With works by Ticheli, Grainger, and Goldman, this concert will also feature Canticle of the Creatures, the epic work for band by James Curnow based on the writings of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Masterworks
Wednesday, February 13, 12:30 p.m.

Performing works that are considered cornerstones of the repertoire, this concert will feature the works of Edward Gregson, Clifton Williams, and William Latham. Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite and John Barnes Chance’s Incantation and Dance round out the classic repertoire in this concert.

Words and Music
Wednesday, April 3, 8:00 p.m.

Featuring repertoire by Van der Roost, Persichetti, Barber, and Reed, the Symphonic Band closes their season with works that make connections between music and the spoken word. Also featured on this concert is Wolf Tears by Jesus Nelson, the winner of the 2017 WASBE composition contest.