Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band

Whether you are an aspiring performer, music educator, or simply looking to continue playing your instrument in a large ensemble, 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

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. 

Participation: Membership is through audition. It is open to all students regardless of major. Wind, brass, and percussion majors focusing on classical performance and/or music education are required to participate in either the Symphony Orchestra and/or the Symphonic Wind Ensemble or Concert Band at the discretion of the music directors every semester while in residence at SSU. You may be invited to participate in more than one ensemble. 


Auditions are held during the first week of the fall semester. The audition consists of prepared scales, excerpts, and sight-reading. 

Click here for Audition materials for 2019 – 2020.

Course Information: MUS 327 SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE. 1 unit of credit.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 – 4:50 pm in room 1028 at the Green Music Center.

Instruments: Instruments are available to students who pay a $20 refundable deposit at Seawolf Services. 

For additional information please contact Dr. Andy Collinsworth, Director of Bands.

Concert Band

Music-making is a lifelong activity, and the Concert Band provides students of all ability levels the opportunity for continued musical growth through the careful selection of appropriate repertoire.  The ensemble is led by Dr. Andy Collinsworth and assisted by senior music education majors, creating a unique learning environment. The Concert Band typically performs 1-2 concerts per semester in Weill Hall.

Participation: Membership is open to all students regardless of major. No audition is required. Students may register and show up on the first day of classes.

Course Information: MUS 227 CONCERT BAND. 1 unit of credit.

Rehearsals: Mondays & Wednesdays 2:00-3:50 pm in room 1028 at the Green Music Center. 

Instruments: Instruments are available to students who pay a $20 refundable deposit at Seawolf Services 

At Sonoma State University we recognize that music is an integral part of your life. These additional instrumental ensembles offer student-musicians opportunities to stimulate their musical growth.