Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band musicians

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 - 5:30 p.m.

View course outline for more information or visit the MPS general ensemble information page.

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

2019-20 Performances

All performances in Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Wednesday, October 23 | 12:30 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
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.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
The Symphonic Band shares the Wind Ensemble's first concert of the season.

Symphonic Excursions
Wednesday, December 4 | 12:30 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
Join the Symphonic Band as we perform musical vignettes by Barnes, Ticheli, Van der Roost, Holst, and George.

Something Borrowed
Wednesday, February 12 | 12:30 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
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.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
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.