The Symphonic Wind Band is a sixty-piece ensemble dedicated to providing its members a band experience of the highest quality. Auditions are open to all students, but music majors and graduate students constitute the majority of its membership. Dr. Dan Turner, head of the Music Education Department, has directed the band since 1981.
The group has two major concerts each year, in December and April, in which they perform standard repertoire, including recent performances of Symphony no. 3 by Alfred Reed, and Symphony no. 1 “The Lord of the Rings” by Johan de Meij. They also perform lighter repertoire at several outdoor concerts. The band also travels on a weeklong out-of-state tour (biannually). The band’s recording, For God and Country, is available from SoundForth. For more information about the Symphonic Wind Band, contact Dr. Dan Turner.
Excerpt of Music-Maker March by Alfred Reed
Excerpt of American Overture for Band by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins