Symphonic Band

Western University Symphonic Band

Music Director

Shawn Chabot


Audition required. Open to all Western University students.

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Tuesdays & Thursdays
3:30 - 5:30pm

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Winds, Brass & Percussion at Western

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.

2022-23 Performances

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All concerts are approximately 1 hour in length unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, October 22 | 3pm (2 hour duration)
Paul Davenport Theatre
This is a joint concert with the Wind Ensemble. Planned program includes The Music Makers by Alfred Reed; Barocco by Robert van Beringen; Winter Dances by Fergal Carroll; Fantasia for Band by Vittorio Giannini; Shadow Rituals by Michael Markowski.

Saturday, December 3 | 3pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Hallmarks of Style
Esprit de Corps by Robert Jager; Pageant by Vincent Persichetti; Stillwater by Kelijah Dunton; Seis Manuel by Shelley Hanson; First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst.

Saturday, February 11 | 3pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Modern Signatures
by Jan Van der Roost; Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre; Incidental Suite by Claude T. Smith; Bayou Breakdown by Brant Karrick; Incantation and Dance by John Barnes Chance.

Saturday, April 1 | 3pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Metric Tides
On the Mall March by Edwin Franko Goldman; Amazing Grace by William Himes; Geometric Dances by Roger Cichy; Themes from “Green Bushes” by Percy Grainger/arr. Daehn, Larry; Diamond Tide by Viet Cuong; In Living Colour by Katahj Copley.

Performance Excerpts

Excerpt from "Illumination", David Maslanka
Excerpt from "Footsteps", Dana Wilson

Conductor, Shawn Chabot


Excerpt from "Pastorale de Provence - I. La Villageoise", Franco Cesarini
Excerpt from "Pastorale de Provence - II. Le petit berger", Franco Cesarini
Excerpt from "Pastorale de Provence - III. La Princesse", Franco Cesarini
Excerpt from "Pastorale de Provence - IV. Le Lutin", Franco Cesarini

Conductor, Shawn Chabot

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