Wind Symphony

wind symphony

The Wind Symphony is an auditioned ensemble of 50-60 woodwind, brass, and percussion players performing some of the best new wind literature and band masterworks.


Four on-campus performances are given yearly, along with two three-day tours. Every third year, the Wind Symphony takes an extended tour—either domestic or international.
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Conductor's Philosophy

"Ever since fourth grade, I've been in love with band—the camaraderie, the the thrill of making music with breath, lips and a hunk of metal, the rush of performance. In the past thirty years or so, the caliber of band music has risen dramatically, sparking a new term—wind symphony.  I invite you to join us in this ensemble on the cutting-edge of music. I still love band, and I think you will, too!" —Ken Parsons
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Mabel Wood Hall 241, Noon - 12:50 p.m.

Woodwinds: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Brass: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
Percussion: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday


Auditions are held each fall during the first week of classes. Sign-up sheets are posted outside of Mabel Wood Hall 229. The audition consists of three parts, the last being optional.

The Process

  • Scales—Prepare as many major and chromatic scales as possible over as wide a range as possible. Extra points given for each octave played by memory. Scales may be played at a tempo of your choosing.
  • Sight-reading—This is a standardized test designed to measure sight-reading ability and musicality.
  • Prepared solo (optional)—You may choose to play a prepared solo to demonstrate your ability to prepare a piece of music, as well as to display your tonal and expressive abilities. This is optional and will not count against you if you choose not to do it.

Results will be discussed at the end of the audition.

Prospective members are required to audition. Returning members may choose to re-audition; otherwise, their membership status and placement will be determined by their previous audition score.


Wind Symphony is a one-credit class and must be taken for credit. However, students already registered for 16 credits may audit the class. Auditing students have the same responsibilities of preparation and participation as those registered for credit.

  • Freshmen and sophomores register for MUPF 128—Wind Symphony
  • Juniors and seniors register for MUPF 328—Wind Symphony

Members are expected to remain in the ensemble for the full academic year.

Recent Repertoire

Toccata Marziale Ralph Vaughan Williams
Irish Tune from County Derry Percy Grainger
Shepherd's Hey Percy Grainger
Rhosymedre Ralph Vaughan Williams
Variations & Fugue on "The Wee Cooper of Fife" Cedric Thorpe Davie
Songs and Refrains Daniel Basford
Bells Ian McDougall
A Carol Symphony, mvt. I Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Veni Immanuel Philip Sparke
Ríu Ríu Chíu Andrew Wainwright
Minor Alterations No. 2 -
     "Carols from the Dark Side"
David Lovrien
Starlight Lullaby Philip Lane
Rocket Sleigh Delvyn Case
Stille Nacht Franz Grüber, arranged by Chip Davis, adapted by Robert Longfield
Magnolia Star Steve Danyew
Symphonic Songs for Band Robert Russell Bennett
Foundations David Gillingham
All Creatures of Our God and King Andrew Boysen, Jr.
Meridian Ola Gjeilo
Symphony of Prayer, mvt 3—"Confession”
     Mica Myers, student conductor
J. Eric Schmidt
Eloi, Eloi Kevin Walczyk
Give Us This Day David Maslanka
A Christmas Overture Nigel Hess
'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
     Michelle Nieb, student conductor
Jean de Brébeuf
A Christmas Suite David Barker
White Christmas  Irving Berlin
A Holiday Rhapsody Larry McTaggart
Symphony No. 1 - "Lord of the Rings" Johan de Meij
Liberty Fanfare John Williams
Be Glad Then, America William Schuman
When Jesus Wept William Schuman
Chester William Schuman
From the Delta William Grant Still
A Movement for Rosa Mark Camphouse
Of Our New Day Begun Omar Thomas
Sweet Land of Liberty James Sochinski
Psalm 46   John Zdechlik
Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise
     Rebecca Davis, flute
  Albert Franz Doppler
Chorale Prelude: "Ein feste Burg ist
     unser Gott"
  Johann Sebastian Bach
Dusk to Dawn   Eric C. W. Peel
The Leaves Are Falling   Warren Benson
Rejouissance   James Curnow
Fanfare / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing   Chip Davis
Gesu Bambino   Pietro Yon
Shepherd's Pipe Carol   John Rutter
Lux Aurumque   Eric Whitacre
We Three Kings   John Wesley Gibson
Minor Alterations   David Lovrien
A Christmas Carol Fantasy   Takashi Hoshide
A Musical Toast   Leonard Bernstein
Four Dances from "West Side Story"   Leonard Bernstein
The Wrong Note Rag from "Wonderful Town"   Leonard Bernstein
Three Dance Episodes from "On the Town"   Leonard Bernstein
joyRiDE   Michael Markowski
Variations on a Theme by Glinka
Michelle Nieb, oboe
  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Gloriosa   Yasuhide Ito
Second Suite for Military Band   Gustav Holst
Beautiful Evening of Prairie   Hesheng Wang
African Harmony: Songs from Mama
  Johan de Meij
Selections from "The Danserye"   Tielman Susato
Fugue a la Gigue   Johann Sebastian Bach
Ballet Music from "Le Cid"   Jules Massenet
Sun Dance   Frank Ticheli
Danceries   Kenneth Hesketh
Hark! The Herald Trumpets Sing   John Wasson
Joyeux Noël   Alfred Reed
O Magnum Mysterium   Morten Lauridsen
Feliz Navidad   José Feliciano
Holiday Portraits   Sean O'Loughlin
Somewhere in My Memory from "Home Alone"   John Williams
Laughing All the Way   Larry MacTaggart
Slava!   Leonard Bernstein
U.S. Field Artillery March   John Philip Sousa
March of the Resistance from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"   John Williams
Whirlwinds   Ricard Saucedo
Frenzy   Andrew Boysen, Jr.
Vesuvius   Frank Ticheli
Gone   Scott McAllister
Endurance   Timothy Mahr
Beyond   Wataru Hokoyama
With Sounding Trumpets     W. Francis McBeth
Laude   Howard Hanson
How Deep the Father's Love for Us    Anthony LaBounty
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name    Jack Stamp, Andrew Boysen, Jr., Joseph Pappas, David Gillingham
The King of Love My Shepherd Is    Dan Forrest, arranged by Jess Langston Turner
Alleluia! Laudamus Te   Alfred Reed
Angelic Fanfare    John Wesley Gibson
Christmas Presence   John Wesley Gibson
Jubilant Holiday    Sean O'Laughlin
The Holly and the Ivy    Tom Wallace
Mary's Boy Child   Jester Hairston, arranged by Philip Sparke
The Night Before Christmas
 Richard Winham,
   Randol Alan Bass
Jingle Bells Fantasy   John Wasson
The Star-Spangled Banner    John Stafford Smith, arranged by John Williams
Turkey in the Straw
  Michael Markowski
Ghost Train   Eric Whitacre
Aurora Awakes    John Mackey
Black Rainbow    Nathan Daughtrey
Serenity    Ola Gjeilo
Galilean Moons    Roger Cichy
The Hounds of Spring    Alfred Reed
   William Grant Still
Hypnotic Fireflies     Brian Balmages
October   Eric Whitacre
Yosemite Autumn   Mark Camphouse
December Dance   Andrew Boysen, Jr.
Dashing Through the Snow   Richard Saucedo
The Eighth Candle   Steve Reisteter
Wassail Dances     Philip Lane
transcribed by Paul Noble
Fum, Fum, Fum   Chip Davis
arranged by Robert Longfield
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head   Tom Wallace
Sleigh Ride   Leroy Anderson
Bellringer’s Holiday   Randol Alan Bass
Symphonic Suite from “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”   Michael Kamen
arranged by Paul Lavender
Someone to Watch Over Me
     Anthony Burrell, alto saxophone
  George & Ira Gershwin
Blue Moon
Emily Mulder, soprano
  Richard Rodgers
& Lorenz Hart
     Erin Brandon, tenor
  George & Ira Gershwin
Cole Porter on Broadway
  Cole Porter
arranged by Warren Barker
Song for Lyndsay   Andrew Boysen, Jr.
Wedding Dance    Jacques Press
transcribed by Herbert N. Johnston
Jubilee   Michael Hennagin
First Suite in Eb for Military Band   Gustav Holst
Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble, mvt. 4
Justin Nishino, marimba
  Ney Rosauro
Beneath   Alex Shapiro
Homage to Perotin
  Ron Nelson
Overture to “Nabucco”   Gioacchino Rossini, transcribed by Franco Cesarini
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from “Lohengrin”   Richard Wagner, transcribed by Lucien Cailliet
Courtly Dances from    “Gloriana”   Benjamin Britten, transcribed by Jan Bach
Variants on a Mediaeval   Tune   Norman Dello Joio
Tarantella from “Gazebo Dances”   John Corigliano
Fanfare on “Adeste Fidelis”   Jim Colonna
On This Day   arranged by Tom Wallace
Russian Christmas Music   Alfred Reed
Once in Royal David’s City   arranged by Philip Sparke
Celtic Carol   arranged by Robert W. Smith
Joy to the Season   Sean O’Loughlin
Carol of the Bagpipers   arranged by Luigi Zaninelli
Midnight Sleighride   Sergei Prokofiev, arranged by Eddie Sauter & Walter Finegan,
adapted by Tom Wallace
Christmas and Sousa Forever!   Julie Giroux
Yankee Doodlin’   Philip Parker
Slumber, My Darling
     Jessica Trejos, student      
  Stephen Foster, arranged by Brant Karrick
Prelude No. 2   George Gershwin, transcribed by John Krance
America from “West Side   Story”   Leonard Bernstein, transcribed by Michael Brown
An American Symphony from “Mr. Holland’s Opus”   Michael Kamen, transcribed by Paul Lavender
Huapango   José Pablo Moncayo, transcribed by Leroy Osmon
La Fiesta Mexicana   H. Owen Reed
Amor di mi alma   Z. Randall Stroope, transcribed by Frederick Umar
Danza Final from “Estancia”   Alberto Ginastera, transcribed by David John
Canzon Duodecimi Toni    Giovanni Gabrieli, transcribed by Robert Garofalo
Fête-dieu à Seville
   Isaac Albéniz, transcribed by Lucien Cailliet
George Washington Bridge     William Schuman
Alleluia   Randall Thompson, transcribed by Lowell Buckley
Quiet City
     Michael Pichette, trumpet
     Dustin Gold, English horn
  Aaron Copland, transcribed by Donald Hunsberger
Paris Sketches   Martin Ellerby
Festival Fanfare for Christmas   John Wasson
Divinum Mysterium   arranged by Tom Wallace
Farandole from L'Arlesienne     Georges Bizet, transcribed by Gerardo Iasilli
Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol   Percy Grainger, transcribed by Joseph Kreines
The Twelve Days of Christmas   arranged by Jerry Bilik
Minor Alterations (Christmas Through the Looking Glass)   David Lovrien
Rocket Sleigh   Delvyn Case
Stille Nacht   Franz Grüber, arranged by Chip Davis, adapted by Robert Longfield
Noisy Wheels of Joy   Eric Whitacre
  Ola Gjeilo
Vientos y Tangos   Michael Gandolfi
  Paul Hart
Sunrise at Angel's Gate   Philip Sparke
O Cool is the Valley   Vincent Persichetti
Country Gardens   Percy Grainger
Cloudburst   Eric Whitacre
After a Gentle Rain   Anthony Iannaccone
The Lark in the Clear Air
     Dustin Gold, student  
  arranged by Clifton Taylor
Butterflies and Bees!
  Thomas Duffy
Hymn to a Blue Hour     John Mackey
Spirit of the Ages Fanfare from "A Sacred Suite"    Brant Karrick
     Landon Durham, euphonium
   David Gillingham
Sketches on a Tudor Psalm     Fisher Tull
American Hymnsong Suite   Dwayne S. Milburn
A Hymn for the Lost and the Living   Eric Ewazen
Amazing Grace   Frank Ticheli
    Joshua Knight, organ
  John Wesley Gibson
Carol of the Bells   David Foster
Mosaici Bizantini
     I. The Nativity
    Franco Cesarini
Six Dances from
     "The Nutcracker"
  Peter Tchaikovsky, transcribed by John MacKenzie Rogan
Feliz Navidad   José Feliciano, arranged by Tom Wallace
Ding Dong! Merrily on High
  arranged by Leif Strand & Olov Helge
A Holiday Rhapsody   Larry MacTaggart
Jingle Bells Forever   Robert W. Smith
Beyond   Wataru Hokoyama
"Star Wars" Trilogy
  John Williams, transcribed by Donald Hunsberger
Early Light   Carolyn Bremer
J.S. Dances
  Donald Grantham
Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn   Norman Dello Joio
Pacem   Robert Spittal
Old Wine in New Bottles   Gordon Jacob
Symphony on Themes by John Philip Sousa
     II. After "The Thunderer"
  Ira Hearshen
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
     IV. March
  Paul Hindemith
Suite of Old American Dances    Robert Russell Bennett
Blue Shades    Frank Ticheli
Holiday Portraits     Sean O'Loughlin
Emmanuel Variations   Robert Foster
December Dance   Andrew Boysen, Jr.
Patapan    Shelley Hanson
March of the Toys from “Babes in Toyland”   Victor Herbert
O Holy Night   Adolphe Adam/Calvin Custer
Laughing All the Way   Larry MacTaggart
Flourish for Glorious John   Ralph Vaughan Williams
Funeral Music for Queen Mary
  Henry Purcell/Steven Stucky
Second Suite for Military Band   Gustav Holst
Mannin Veen   Haydn Wood
English Dances   Malcolm Arnold
Celebration   Philip Sparke
Children's Overture   Eugène Bozza
Resting in the Peace of His Hands   John Gibson
Nilesdance   David Holsinger
Rhosymedre   Ralph Vaughan Williams
Children's March (Over the hills and far away)   Percy Grainger
Symphony No. 3 (mvts. III, IV)   James Barnes
Fanfare for Freedom     Morton Gould
New England Triptych
      II. When Jesus Wept
      III. Chester
  William Schuman
From the Delta   William Grant Still
Honey in the Rock   Donald Grantham
A Movement for Rosa   Mark Camphouse
Sweet Land of Liberty   James Sochinski
Olympic Fanfare and Theme   John Williams/Paul Lavender
Hands Across the Sea   John Philip Sousa
An American in Paris   George Gershwin/Jerry Brubaker
Wedding Dance   Jacques Press
Jungle Fantasy   Naohiro Iwai
Fanfare/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing   Chip Davis/Robert Longfield
Noël from “Symphonic Sketches”   George W. Chadwick
'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime   Robert W. Smith
Carol of the Bells    Mykola Leontovich/Sean O'Loughlin
White Christmas    Irving Berlin/Robert Russell Bennett
Mary's Boy Child    Jester Hairston/Philip Sparke
Up On the Housetop    B.R. Hanby/Tom Wallace
Jingle Bells Fantasy    John Wasson
Orient et Occident, op. 25   Camille Saint-Saëns 
William Byrd Suite   Gordon Jacob
Variations on a Korean Folk Song    John Barnes Chance
Asuka   Tetsunosuke Kushida
Canterbury Chorale   Jan van der Roost
Nebula   Wataru Hokoyama
Whirlwind(s)     Richard Saucedo
Bali   Michael Colgrass
Vesuvius    Frank Ticheli
Islas y Montañas    Shelley Hanson
Venetian Spells    Martin Ellerby
Overture from “The Cowboys”    John Williams/Paul Lavender
Four Dances from “West Side Story"    Leonard Bernstein
Bayou Breakdown    Brent Karrick
The Stars and Stripes Forever    John Philip Sousa
King of Kings    Robert W. Smith
Lux Aurumque    Eric Whitacre
Jubilant Holiday    Sean O'Loughlin
Wassail    Gustav Holst/Robert W. Smith
The Eight Candle    Steve Reisteter
Celtic Carol    Robert W. Smith
A Most Wonderful Christmas    Robert Sheldon
Crown Imperial    Sir William Walton
Sanctus from "Requiem"    Giuseppe Verdi
Light of My Soul    David Gillingham
Mayflower Overture    Ron Nelson
An American Elegy    Frank Ticheli
Scenes from "The Louvre"    Norman Dello Joio
Overture for Winds, op. 24     Felix Mendelssohn/John Boyd
Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral from "Lohengrin"
  Richard Wagner/Lucien Cailliet
Abram's Pursuit    David Holsinger
Adagio para Orquesta de Instrumento de Viento    Joaquin Rodrigo
Chorale and Alleluia    Howard Hanson
Machu Picchu    Satoshi  Yagasawa
The Circus Bee    Henry Fillmore
Lincolnshire Posy    Percy Grainger
Strange Humors    John Mackey
Fanfare on "Adeste Fidelis"    Jim Colonna
Fantasia on a Hymn by Praetorius
  Robert Foster
A Christmas Suite    David Barker
Fum, Fum, Fum   Chip Davis/Robert Longfield
Veni Immanuel    Philp Sparke
Troika from Lieutenant Kijé   Serge Prokofiev/Sherry Maricle
Sleigh Ride   Leroy Anderson
Flourish for Glorious John    Ralph Vaughan Williams
Be Thou My Vision    David Gillingham
Tempered Steel    Charles Rochester Young
Suite from "The Danserye"    Tielman Susato/Patrick Dunnigan
Cloudburst    Eric Whitacre
Godspeed!    Stephen Melillo