Music 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.
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. - 5:30 p.m.
Excerpt from “El Relicario (1918)”, Jose Padilla/Robert Longfield
Excerpt from “Dedicatory Overture (1963)”, James Clifton Williams
Excerpt from “Folksong of Midu (2017)”, Li Chan
Conductor, Nigel Evans
Excerpt from “Festivo”, Edward Gregson
Conductor, Nigel Evans
All performances in Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
Wednesday, October 23, 12:30 p.m.
The Symphonic Band opens the concert season with a diverse program of works highlighting American composers, including: Reed, Lauridsen, Balmages, Williams, and Holsinger.
Special Guests! Wind Ensemble Concert - Catch Me If You Can!
Friday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.
The Symphonic Band shares the Wind Ensemble's first concert of the season.
Wednesday, December 4, 12:30 p.m.
Join the Symphonic Band as we perform musical vignettes by Barnes, Ticheli, Van der Roost, Holst, and George.
Wednesday, February 12, 12:30 p.m.
The Symphonic Band starts the new calendar year with works inspired by folk song, poetry, jazz, and Mozart.
Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
We end as we began, with an all American roster of composers, including Boysen, Daehn, Grundman, Stone, and Reed. Each composer has created a shadow or a reflection of the melody, form, style, or poetry from which they were inspired.