Symphonic Band


Brass Players

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 in the fall and in November for the spring semester. They are heard by the conductors and the appropriate applied music professor.

Auditions consist of prepared excerpts and sight-reading. The prepared excerpts may be downloaded here.

Spring 2021 Repertoire

  • Eagle Squadron March - Kenneth J. Alford
  • The Old Flag Never Touched the Ground/Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight - Rosamond Johnson & Theodore Metz, arr. George F. Briegel
  • Funeral March - Edvard Grieg, trans. Espen Andersen
  • Washington Post - John Philip Sousa
  • The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) - John Williams, trans. Stephen Bulla
  • South Rampart Street Parade - Ray Bauduc & Bob Haggart, arr. Johnnie Vinson
  • Serenity  - Ola Gjeilo, arr. J. Eric Wilson
  • "Apollo Unleashed" from Symphony No. 2 - Frank Ticheli
  • Danza de los Duendes - Nancy Galbraith
  • Only Light - Aaron Perrine
  • Paraphrase, Geschwindmarsch by Beethoven - Paul Hindemith
  • First Suite in E-flat, I. Chaconne, II. Intermezzo, III. March - Gustav Holst

Fall 2020 Repertoire

  • Königsmarsch - Richard Strauss, arr. Roger Barrett
  • Elegy - John Barnes Chance 
  • Illyrian Dances: I. Rondeau, II. Gigue - Guy Woolfenden
  • Pas Redoublé - Camille Saint-Saëns, arr. Arthur Frackenpohl
  • Festal Scenes - Yasuhide Ito
  • Rhosymedre - Ralph Vaughan Williams, arr. William Beeler
  • Serenity  - Ola Gjeilo, arr. J. Eric Wilson
  • "Apollo Unleashed" from Symphony No. 2 - Frank Ticheli (b.1958)

Spring 2020 Repertoire

  • Esprit de Corps - Robert Jager
  • October - Eric Whitacre
  • A Mother of a Revolution! - Omar Thomas
  • Elegy for a Young American - Ronald Lo Presti
  • Fiesta del Pacifico - Roger Nixon

Fall 2019 Repertoire

  • Fantasia in G - Timothy Mahr
  • Krakowian Dances, I. Polonaise, II. Mazurka, III. Polka-Klezmer - Ryan Diefenderfer
  • The Belle of Chicago - John Philip Sousa
  • Sound and Smoke, I. (feudal castle lights), II. (avalanche of eyes) - Viet Cuong
  • Chorale and Alleluia - Howard Hanson
  • Pageant - Vincent Persichetti
  • Fantasia and Rondo- Carl Maria von Weber, arr. Jack Snavely
  • Russian Christmas Music - Alfred Reed

Spring 2019 Repertoire

  • Bugler’s Holiday - Leroy Anderson
  • Graceful Ghost Rag - William Bolcom
  • Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein/trans. Paul Lavender
  • Concertpiece - James Curnow
  • The Bicycle Shoppe - Lisa DeSpain
  • “Nimrod" from Enigma Variations - Edward Elgar/Alfred Reed
  • Spirit Sleeping: I. Pegasus - John Wesley Gibson
  • Khan- Julie Giroux
  • Spoon River - Percy Grainger
  • Strange Humors - John Mackey
  • Godspeed!- Stephen Melillo
  • Into the Storm - Stephen Melillo
  • Cathedrals - Kathryn Salfedler
  • Trains of Thought - Alex Shapiro
  • Into the Blue - Ingrid Stölzel

Fall 2018 Repertoire

  • À La Machaut - Andrew Boss
  • Diamond Tide - Viet Cuong
  • Niagara Falls - Michael Daugherty
  • Paris Sketches - Martin Ellerby
  • Rush - Jonathan Leshnoff/Cicconi
  • Novel Romance -Jonath an Newman (world premiere)
  • My Eyes Are Full of Shadow - Joel Puckett
  • The Sinfonians - Clifton Williams

Spring 2018 Repertoire

  • Meditation - Barnes (world premiere)
  • Slava! - Bernstein/Grundman
  • Bulgarian Dances - Cesarini
  • Vox Populi - Danielpour/Stamp
  • Rolling Thunder - Fillmore
  • Moorside March - Holst/Jacob
  • This Cruel Moon - Mackey
  • Nitro - Ticheli
  • Mystic Warriors - Vizzuti
  • Elegy for the Wall’s Unnamed - Walczyk
  • The Banquet - Wilson
  • Old Number One - Wilson

Fall 2017 Repertoire

  • Meridian - Gjeilo
  • Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon - Grainger
  • Shepherd’s Hey - Grainger
  • Second Suite in F - Holst
  • This Cruel Moon - Mackey
  • Dancing on Water - Ticheli
  • Scarecrow Overture - Turrin
  • Trauersinfonie - Wagner/Leidzen
  • Symphonic Suite - Williams

Spring 2017 Repertoire

  • Suite of Old American Dances - Bennett
  • Redwood - George
  • Masque - Hesketh
  • Old Home Days - Ives/Elkus
  • Instinctive Travels - Markowski
  • Tears of St. Lawrence - Perrine
  • ​Chester Overture for Band - Schuman
  • Pequeña Suite para Banda - Serrano Alarcón​
  • Allerseelen - Strauss/Davis
  • Under the Double Eagle - Wagner

Fall 2016 Repertoire

  • Fantasia in G - Bach/Goldman & Leist
  • all stars are love - Bryant
  • Americans We - Fillmore
  • First Suite in Eb - Holst
  • Gloriosa - Ito
  • Popcopy (Rated T) - McAllister
  • Visionplace of Souls - Walczyk

Spring 2016 Repertoire

  • Italian Wedding Song (world premiere) - Barnes​
  • Xerxes - Mackey
  • Aegean Festival Overture - Makris/Bader​
  • Give Us This Day - Maslanka
  • Emory's Barcarolle - Puckett
  • Geoge Washington Bridge - Schuman
  • The Invincible Eagle - Sousa​
  • Vesuvius - Ticheli
  • Symphonic Dance #3, “Fiesta” - Williams

Fall 2015 Repertoire

  • March for Band - Beecham
  • Luminescence - Biedenbender
  • Scenes from “The Louvre” - Dello Joio
  • The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol - Grainger/Goldman
  • Southern Harmony - Grantham    
  • Overture to The Drum Major’s Daughter - Offenbach/Odom
  • Shimmer - Perrine

Spring 2015 Repertoire

  • Candide Suite  - Bernstein/Grundman
  • Vulcan - Daugherty​
  • Heart's Music - Diamond​
  • Porgy and Bess - Gershwin/Barnes​
  • One Life Beautiful - Giroux
  • Aurora Awakes - Mackey​
  • The Valley of the Bells - Ravel/Hunsberger
  • Moving Parts - Sampson
  • Toccata Marziale - Vaughan Williams

Fall 2014 Repertoire

  • Ecstatic Fanfare - Bryant
  • Chant Funéraire - Fauré/Moss​
  • Riff Raff - George​
  • Zing! - McAllister​
  • Laudamus te - Maslanka​
  • Armenian Dances (Part One) - Reed
  • English Folk Song Suite - Vaughan Williams

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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