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Augustana Symphonic Band

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Conductor: James Lambrecht

Rehearsals: M/W/F 4:00-5:20 p.m., T/TH 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Established in 1874, the Augustana Symphonic Band performs music of the highest artistic quality written for the wind band. Graduates are found in the most prestigious professional and community ensembles, as well as graduate programs. Membership provides an opportunity for the most dedicated wind musicians to continue their musical growth in a challenging, supportive environment.

james lambrecht
Dr. James Lambrecht conducts the Augustana Symphonic Band.

Since the early 1880s, annual tours have taken the Symphonic Band into 32 states for appearances in a variety of settings, including Orchestra Hall in Chicago; Town Hall in New York City; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha Nebraska; Crouse Auditorium on the Syracuse University Campus, New York; the Ford Theatre of the Honeywell Center, Wabash, Indiana; and numerous high schools, grade schools, and churches.

The annual concert tours typically alternate between regional and national. Outside the Midwest, the Symphonic Band tours on both coasts and internationally to the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan and most recently, Spain. In 2018, the Symphonic Band toured southern California

The Symphonic Band rehearses three to five days per week and gives 20 performances. 


Auditions are held each fall for both Symphonic Band and Concert Band in Room 26, Bergendoff Fine Arts Building. Sign-up sheets for specific instruments and times will be posted on the door of Room 26.  Interested students will only have to play one audition for both bands. There will be winter and spring term auditions for students who are assigned to Symphonic Band as well as those wishing to re-audition. 

Students should prepare 3-5 minutes of music that will demonstrate tone quality, different styles and technical ability. Do not hesitate to play short excerpts in different styles. Above all, choose something that you know well and feel comfortable with, no matter the level of difficulty.

Joshua Morano
More Than I Imagined Joshua Morano
“What I will definitely miss most is getting to play in the Symphonic Band. We are such a unique and tight-knit little family. ”
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