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Symphonic Band

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The Symphonic Band is an outstanding ensemble consisting of highly talented music majors, and non-majors selected by audition. Dr. Matthew O. Smith conducts the Symphonic Band. This ensemble performs a wide range of repertoire for large concert band including the finest band masterworks in a full schedule of concerts. The Symphonic Band meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:20 in the fall and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:00-3:50 in the spring.

How to Join

Membership in the Symphonic Band is by blind audition and is open to all qualified students at the university. Auditions take place the first week of classes of each semester and are heard by the conductors and the appropriate applied music professor.

Auditions consist of prepared excerpts and sight-reading. The prepared excerpts are available in the KU band office or may be downloaded here.

Spring 2014 Repertoire

  • Night on Fire - Mackey
  • Sleep, My Child - Whitacre/Gershman
  • Samba Picante (flute solo) - Barnes (world premiere)
  • Nobles of the Mystic Shrine - Sousa
  • Niagara Falls - Daugherty
  • Pageant - Persichetti
  • Irish Tune from County Derry - Grainger
  • The Gum-Suckers March - Grainger
  • Overture to "La Forza del Destino" - Verdi/Lake: 
  • Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber - Hindemith/Wilson

Fall 2013 Repertoire

  • Firefly - George
  • Elegy for a Young American - Lo Presti
  • Second Suite in F - Holst
  • "Apollo Unleashed" from Symphony No. 2 - Ticheli
  • Night on Fire - Mackey
  • Be Thou My Vision - Gillingham
  • Russian Christmas Music - Reed

Spring 2013 Repertoire

  • Euphoria - Frantzen
  • Hold This Boy and Listen - Pann
  • Colors and Contours - Bassett
  • Four Scottish Dances - Arnold/Paynter
  • Canzon per Sonare No. 2 - Gabrieli
  • Ego Sum Qui Sum - Gabrieli
  • La Bergamasca - Viadana
  • Aria Della Battaglia, part 2 - Padovana
  • Rondino - Beethoven
  • Carmen Fantaisie - Borne/Rogers
  • Variants on a Medieval Tune - Dello Joio
  • Rest - Ticheli
  • Escenas de los Aztecas - Barnes

Fall 2012 Repertoire

  • Quasar - Wannamaker
  • Sea Songs - Vaughan Williams
  • Lament - Koh
  • Manhattan Beach - Sousa
  • "Shall We Gather at the River" from Symphony No.IX - Maslanka
  • Nocturne - David Dzubay
  • Carmina Burana (Cantiones profanae) Suite - Orff/Krance

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