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The Wheaton College Symphonic Band performs traditional and contemporary wind band music, maintaining a tradition of music excellence at Wheaton College for over 125 years. It is a remarkable mix of music and liberal arts majors who enjoy close community and sharing their musical gifts with others.

The Symphonic Band is an all-campus ensemble of 45-60 musicians. The ensemble rehearses MW 3:45-5:15. Three major performances are presented annually. Symphonic Band is a full-year course and is open to all students.

The Wheaton College Symphonic Band performed at the 2014 North Central Division Conference of the College Band Director’s National Association and the 2013 Illinois Music Education Conference.

Instrumentation: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, string bass, percussion

Auditions are held during the first three days of classes in the fall, August 23-25. New students can sign up for a time during Freshman Orientation (in Lower Beamer) or by contacting music@wheaton.edu. Auditions consist of a short (two minutes or less) excerpt from a solo of your choice PLUS the band excerpts as provided below.

Audition Music for 2018-19

(All links are to PDFs)

  • Flute
  • Oboe 
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and bass clarinet should prepare at least two solo excerpts, that display technical ability and musicality.

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