Conductor: Dr. James Lambrecht
Rehearsal: M,W, F 4-5:20pm T, TH 4:30-5:30pm
Since its inception in 1874, The Augustana Symphonic Band performs music of the highest artistic quality written for the wind band. Graduates may be found in the most prestigious professional and community ensembles as well as graduate programs. Membership in the Symphonic Band provides and opportunity for the most dedicated wind musicians to continue their musical growth in a challenging, yet supportive environment.
Since the early 1880's, 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; numerous high schools, grade schools, and churches. The annual concert tours typically alternate between regional and national itineraries though regularly include international travel. Midwest tours range from Illinois and Iowa to as far as Colorado and Pennsylvania. Outside the Midwest, the Symphonic Band tours extensively on both coasts and internationally to the United Kingdom, Italy and most recently, Japan.
The Symphonic Band rehearses three to five days per week and gives 20 performances both on and off campus.
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 have to play one audition only 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.
What to Prepare
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 what the level of difficulty.