In Spring 2021 the “mini” Symphonic Band will offer four 2-week cycles using a variety of small ensembles, which are limited to 12 wind players, and percussionists as needed and as room capacities allow. Repertoire determines instrumentation.
Cycle 1: Feb. 22–March 4
Cycle 2: March 8–18
Location: MC036 (March 18: graduate wind conducting recital)
Cycle 3: March 22–April 1
Location: MC036 (April 1: graduate wind conducting recital)
Cycle 4: April 5–15
When: Monday–Friday from 3:00-3:30 and 4:00-4:30 pm. Each small ensemble rehearses for a 30-minute period.
Informal performances will take place during the last rehearsal day of each cycle and are closed to the public. Attendance will be taken before all rehearsals begin.
Meeting Times: 3:00-4:35 daily.
Conductor: Jason H. Nam
Note: Eric M. Smedley, Associate Professor of Music (Bands) is on sabbatical Spring 2021
The Jacobs School of Music Symphonic Band performs major works of the traditional wind band repertoire as well as new compositions by leading composers. Consisting of both graduate and undergraduate music majors, this outstanding ensemble performs three concerts per semester and rehearses daily. A core group is often taken from the membership of the ensemble to form various chamber winds groups.
The band has played under the direction of various guest conductors including Frederick Fennell, Donald Hunsberger, John Whitwell and Ray Cramer; and composers Karel Husa, Warren Benson, Samuel Adler, and Frank Ticheli. The group has premiered works by David DeBoor Canfield, Eric Nathan, Jonathan Newman, and David Reeves. Soloists with the group have included guests or faculty members Kevin Bobo, percussion; Pete Ellefson, trombone; Steve Houghton, percussion; Timothy Noble, baritone voice; John Rommel, trumpet; Timothy Smith, piano; Thomas Walsh, saxophone; and Jonathan Whitaker, trombone.