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 on stage

Row of horn players on stage

Close up on two wind instrumentalists in the wind ensemble

 
 
Andy Collinsworth Headshot
 
 
 
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 is 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: Fall 2021 Ensemble Placement Auditions will be held August 18-19 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 the Music Librarian.

 

2021-2022 SWE Concert Dates

Fri. September 10        Pops on the Lawn Concert    

12:00 pm                       Wind Spectator Lawn

 

Wed. October 6            Concert Performance

7:30 pm                         Weill Hall

 

Th-Fr October 28-29    Frankenstein: Live Performance with the 1931 film

7:30 pm                         Person Theater

 

Wed. December 8        Concert Performance

7:30 pm                         Weill Hall

 

W, Th, Fr March 9, 10, 11    Sonoma Invitational Festival Concert Performances

12:00 pm                        Weill Hall

 

Th. May 12                    Concert Performance

7:30 pm                         Weill Hall

 

Concert Band

close up of concert band playing on stage

Dr. Mieder conducting the concert band on weill hall stage

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 1-2 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 the Music Librarian.

First Rehearsal: The first rehearsal is scheduled for Mon. August 23. There is no class meeting on Wed. Aug. 18.

 

2021-2022 Concert Band Dates

Fri. September 10        Pops on the Lawn Concert    

12:00 pm                       Wind Spectator Lawn

 

Wed. October 6            Concert Performance

7:30 pm                         Weill Hall

 

Wed. December 8        Concert Performance

7:30 pm                         Weill Hall

 

Tue. March 8                Concert Performance with Guest Ensemble, TBA

7:30 pm                         Weill Hall

 

Th. May 12                   Concert Performance

7:30 pm                        Weill Hall