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 2018-2019 is as follows:

Friday, October 27, 8 p.m.
Featuring all of the Instrumental Ensembles in a unique performing moving from piece to piece with no pause.

Friday, November 9, 8 p.m.
The Winds of Nature
Makris, Aegean Festival Overture; Spittal, Pacem (Hymn for Peace); Jacob, William Byrd Suite; Bedford, Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves, De Meij, Wind in the Willows

Saturday, December 1,  8: 30 p.m.
Movie and Music of December
Anderson, Sleigh Ride; Elmer Bernstein, Magnificent Seven; Giacchino, Star Trek; Kristen-Anderson/Robert Lopez, Frozen; Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker Suite; Williams, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Williams, Lincoln; Williams, Superman Returns; Zimmer, Dark Knight

Sunday, March 31, 8 p.m.
Fate and Forces
Reineke, Fate of the Gods; Ogren, Symphonies of Gaia; Grainger, Children’s March; Galante, Beyond the Horizon; Sparke, Earth, Water, Sun, Wind

Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Conductors Concert
Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Orchestra with conducting students of Brian Norcross

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 717-358-4233.