The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is an ensemble of approximately 50 players, primarily made up of F&M students, as well as members of the community and outstanding high school musicians. The ensemble rehearses Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:45 to 6:15. Ninety-five percent of the student members are not music majors. All of the members are dedicated to joyful rehearsing, and performing of great repertoire. The repertoire includes major works for wind ensemble/band as well as premieres of works commissioned specifically for the symphonic wind ensemble. Students may receive .5 credits for two semesters of participation. Membership is by audition.
The performance schedule for 2014-2015 is as follows:
Saturday, October 25, 8 pm, Homecoming/Family Weekend Spectrum Concert
Friday, November 14, 8 pm, "Dragons"
Lehman, Dramatic Structures (premiere); Ford, Stubernic Fantasy featuring Portal Percussion marimba trio; Reineke-Pilatus, Mountain of Dragons; Schwartz, Dragon Flight; Reed, Alleluia! Laudamus Te; Mackey, Sheltering Sky
Saturday, December 6, 8 pm, "Movie Music and Music of December" featuring student conductors
Friday, April 10, 8 pm, Mark Yingling conducting
Tull, Sketches on a Tudor Psalm; Chance, Variations on a Korean Folk Song; Milburn, American Hymnsong Suite; Camphouse, Movement for Rosa; Wilson, Footsteps; Mackey, Undertow
There are auditions for all of the instrumental ensembles during the first week of the fall semester and by appointment at the beginning of the spring semester. These auditions are 10 minutes in length. For the audition performers are asked to prepare a piece that they feel comfortable with and to prepare major scales, up to three sharps and three flats, in as many octaves as they feel comfortable. Audition appointments can be made by contacting the instrumental conductor, Dr. Brian Norcross, at or calling 717-291-4233.