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 2013-2014 is as follows:
Saturday, October 26, 8 pm, Homecoming/Family Weekend Spectrum Concert
Friday, November 8, 8 pm, "Genesis", Gillingham, Symphony No. 2; Camphouse, Symphonic Prelude; Leemans, March of the Belgium Paratroopers; Grainger, Handel in the Strand; Schwarz, Bonaparte; Reineke, Goddess of Fire
Saturday, November 23, 8 pm, "Movie Music Night/Music of the Season", Shoenberg, Les Miserables; Silvestri, Polar Express; Williams, Raiders of the Lost Ark; Reed, Russian Christmas Music; Giacchino, Star Trek
Saturday, April 4, 8 pm, "La Fiesta", Bernstein, Prologue to West Side Story; Camphouse, Symphonic Prelude; Sampson, Moving Parts; Ticheli, Vesuvius; Whitacre, Equus; Saucedo, Symphony No. 1; H. O. Reed, La Fiesta Mexicana
Wednesday, April 23, 8 pm, Conductors Concert
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.