Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band musicians


Shawn Chabot


Audition required. Open to all Western University students.

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Tuesdays & Thursdays
3:30 - 5:30pm

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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 or more, the Symphonic Band 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.

2021-22 Performances

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All concerts are approximately 1 hour in length.

Saturday, October 23 | 3pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
“Forging Ahead”
Planned repertoire includes "Alvamar Overture" (James Barnes), "Deir in" (Warren De Barker), "Fortress" (Frank Ticheli), "American Riversongs" (Pierre La Plante), and "Foundry" (John Mackey)

Saturday, December 4 | 3pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
“Natural Inspirations”
Planned repertoire includes "Pastorale de Provence" (Franco Cesarini), "The Seal Lullaby" (Eric Whitacre), "Prairie Dances" (David Holsinger), "Footsteps" (Dana Wilson), and "Illumination" (David Maslanka)

Saturday, February 12 | 3pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
“Eclectic Emblems”
Planned repertoire includes "Little Concert Suite" (Alfred Reed), "Cantique" (James Syler), "Ghost Apparatus" (David Biedenbender), and "Slavia" (Jan Van der Roost)

Saturday, March 26 | 3pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
“Frenetic Motion”
Planned repertoire includes “March of the Revolutionary Guard” from Three Revolutionary Marches" (Bedrich Smetana/Vaclav Nelhybel), "River of Life" (Steven Reineke), "Der Traum des Oenghus, Op. 37: Part 1" (Rolf Rudin), "An Irish Rhapsody" (Clare Grundman), and "Mouvement Frenetique" (Jonathan Dagenais)

Performance Excerpts

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

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