Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band

Whether you are an aspiring performer, music educator, or simply looking to continue playing your instrument, the primary goal of all of our performing ensembles is to strive for the highest performance standards while maintaining a welcoming environment. We have ensembles for musicians at all levels.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Live Performance Recordings

California by David Maslanka

Paris Sketches IV. Les Halles by Martin Ellerby

Shenandoah by Omar Thomas

Symphonic Metamorphosis I. Allegro by Paul Hindemith/Wilson

Three Dance Episodes from On The Town I. The Great Lover by Leonard Bernstein/Lavender

Urban Light by James David

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Dr. Andy Collinsworth, Director of Bands
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Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Course Information: MUS 327 Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 1 unit of credit

Meeting Dates: Tuesday and Thursdays 4:00-5:45 pm in GMC 1028

Description: The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is comprised of the finest wind, brass, and percussion students at the university. Under the direction of Dr. Andy Collinsworth, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble embraces a diverse array of wind band literature, ranging from the core repertoire to the newest works from contemporary composers. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs frequently throughout the year in Weill Hall, and on tour at locations throughout California. The ensemble performed at the prestigious 2018 Western Division CBDNA Conference.

Participation: Membership in the SWE is by audition, and is open to all students regardless of major, and members of the community. Wind, brass, and percussion majors focusing on classical performance and/or instrumental music education are required to participate in either the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, or Symphony Orchestra every semester while in residence at SSU. Students may participate in more than one ensemble. 

Auditions: Ensemble Placement Auditions will be held August 22-23 at the Green Music Center. Access audition materials and schedule and audition time.

Instruments: A limited number of university-owned instruments are available to students free of charge. To request an instrument, please contact Music Librarian Sierra Smith.

 

2022-2023 SWE Concert Dates

Sat. September 17        Concert on the Lawn for GMC Celebration Gala   

5:00 pm                          Weill Hall, Trione Courtyard

 

Fri. October 7                Concert Performance w/Guest TBA

7:30 pm                          Weill Hall

 

Sun. December 11        Concert Performance w/Guest TBA

2:00 pm                          Weill Hall

 

March 8–10                   Sonoma Invitational Festival Concert Performances

12:00 pm                        Weill Hall

 

Fri. May 12                    Concert Performance w/SSU Concert Band

7:30 pm                         Weill Hall

 

Concert Band

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Course Information: MUS 227 Concert Band, 1 unit of credit

Meeting Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 pm in GMC 1028

Description: The Concert Band emphasizes that music-making is a lifelong activity, and provides students of all ability levels with opportunities for continued musical growth through the careful selection of appropriate repertoire. The ensemble is led by Dr. Andy Collinsworth and occasionally assisted by senior music education majors, creating a unique learning environment. The Concert Band typically performs two concerts per semester.

Participation: Membership is open to all students regardless of major, and members of the community. No audition is required. Students may sign up and show up at the first rehearsal. 

Instruments: A limited number of university-owned instruments are available to students free of charge. To request an instrument, please contact Music Librarian, Sierra Smith.

 

2022-2023 Concert Band Dates

Tue. October 11             Concert Performance w/Guest TBA  

7:30 pm                           Weill Hall

 

Mon. December 12         Concert Performance w/ NOMA Winds

7:30 pm                            Weill Hall

 

Mon. March 6                  Concert Performance with Guest Ensemble, TBA

7:30 pm                             Weill Hall

 

Fri. May 12                       Concert Performance w/ SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble

7:30 pm                            Weill Hall