The Colorado State University Wind Symphony performs the finest literature of yesterday, today, and tomorrow with a flexible instrumentation that includes as few as eight or as many as seventy-five players. Membership, determined each semester by a blind audition, includes the most accomplished graduate and undergraduate CSU music and non-music majors. In addition to commissioning and premiering new works, the CSU Wind Symphony regularly features faculty artists and the ensemble tours throughout the state and region, performing at conventions, conferences, and other venues across the west.
The Concert Band is an exciting and dynamic large concert band of over 80 musicians from all majors across campus. Open to students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, the Concert Band is an excellent ensemble that performs in concert, twice per semester, with high standards that are achievable by non-music majors. The band performs a balanced variety of quality traditional and contemporary wind and percussion literature. While the band is a non-auditioned group, we require that all students have prior experience in instrumental music to participate (e.g., performance in your high school band or previous private study). Internal chair placement auditions occur once the semester is underway and involve band members preparing various excerpts from the music the Concert Band will be performing.
The following instruments are available for rental for students who are performing on these instruments in the Concert Band: Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Bari Sax, Euphonium, French Horn, Euphonium, and Tuba. ($50 rental fee will apply).
No audition required
Rehearses: W/F, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, University Center for the Arts
Director: Dr. Erik Johnson
The largest of the concert ensembles is the Symphonic Band. This group numbers 75-90 players with numerous college majors being represented. Symphonic Band performs various concerts on campus each year with a wide variety of literature including marches; show tunes, contemporary works, transcriptions and manuscript literature. The band utilizes outstanding performers within the music faculty, performers within the ensemble, and guest conductors as a part of the programming.