GVSU Bands

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Conducted by Dr. Kevin Tutt, the Grand Valley State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble is widely recognized as one of the elite undergraduate wind ensembles. Committed to the performance of finest band literature, Symphonic Wind Ensemble has performed such works as Karl Husa's Music for Prague 1968, Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy, Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and Grantham’s Southern Harmony among many others. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has also been invited to play at the 2010 College Band Director's National Association (CBDNA) North Central Division Conference at Illinois State University, in Normal, IL. SWE has also played at the Michigan Music Conference three times. Both are quite an accomplishment, as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble is comprised of entirely undergraduate students.

One of the goals of the GVSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble is to provide students opportunities to enrich their studies in music by bringing in guest conductors from across the United States. Graduates of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble hold positions as professional orchestral musicians, conductors, members of military bands, university professors, and some of the leading public school music educators.

Membership is open to all Grand Valley State University students after completion of a successful audition. If a student does not earn a place in Symphonic Wind Ensemble they will be placed in Concert Band. Auditions are held August 24 and 25, 2013.  Audition music will be available on August 1, 2013.  To have electronic permission to access the audition music, you must first fill out the "Pre-Registration" Form listed on the left-hand menu.  Please contact the Band Staff Office at (616)331-3396 if you have any further questions.

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