Wind Symphony

Course Details


We do not post videos or audio files of performances in accordance with GVSU copyright adherence policies. We do encourage you to watch our concerts via livestream. 

Concert Schedule All concerts in the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Haas Center for the Performing Arts. All concerts are free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Typically, the hall is open 30 minutes before performances. Campus map and parking information can be found here:

Thursday, October 17, 2024, 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 21, 2024, 7:30 pm

October 21-22, 2025 - Honor Band Festival, Performances during the day

Sunday, October 23, 2025, 2:00 pm

Friday, April 11, 2025, 7:30 pm


About the ensemble

Conducted by Dr. Kevin Tutt the Grand Valley State University Wind Symphony is an outstanding undergraduate-only wind ensemble open to all students Committed to the performance of the finest band literature, the Wind Symphony 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, Grantham’s Southern Harmony, Mackey's The Frozen Cathedral, and Barnes' Symphony No. 3. These performances allow our best undergraduates to shine in solo performances and leadership positions in the compositions, preparing them for graduate study or successful professional careers in education. Sample repertoire is below and ranges from early 20th century standards to contemporary works by living composers. We are dedicated to an inclusive and welcoming performing arts experience that engages in music from a wide variety of genres, composers, and cultures. 

In 2016, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble released a CD, titled "Under Western Skies". Directed by Kevin Tutt, "Under Western Skies" features newly composed music for trumpet and wind ensemble. The CD not only spotlights this undergraduate student ensemble, but also guest conductor Lowell Graham, retired U.S. Air Force Band commander and conductor, and trumpet soloists Richard Stoelzel and Rex Richardson. The CD can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon. The ensemble will continue to provide students with opportunities to perform commissioned works and world premieres, recording new albums, and work with guest conductors from around the country.

Questions should be directed to Professor Kevin Tutt by email  [email protected]

Recent Repertoire Selections

Colors (Appermont, Bert)

Symphony No. 2 (Archer, Kimberly)

Four Scottish Dances (1957/1978) (Arnold, Malcolm)

Ash (Jolley, Jennifer)

Symphony No. 1 (Baker, Kent)

Third Symphony (Barnes, James)

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (Bernstein, Leonard)

Three Dance Episodes from "On the Town" (Bernstein, Leonard)

Peace Dancer (Blackshaw, Jodie)

Concert Suite for Solo Eb Alto Saxophone and Band (Bolcom, William)

Cabinet of Curiosities (Browne, Matt)

Sunan Dances (Chang, Dorothy)

Bali (Colgrass, Michael)

The Red Pony (Copland, Aaron)

Scenes from Billy the Kid  (Copland, Aaron)

Starlight (Copley, Kataj)

Concerto for Saxophone  (Creston, Paul)

Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Orchestra (Dahl, Ingolf)

The Lord of the Rings (de Meij, Johan)

Scenes from  The Louvre (Dello Joio, Norman)

Big City Lights (Douglas, Marie)

Paris Sketches (Ellerby, Martin)

Shoutout (Etezady, Roshanne)

The Speed of Heat (Giroux, Julie)

One Life Beautiful (Giroux, Julie)

Ye Banks and Braes O Bonnie Doon (1901) (Grainger, Percy Aldridge)

Country Gardens (Grainger, Percy Aldridge)

Duke of Marlborough Fanfare (Grainger, Percy Aldridge)

Lincolnshire Posy (Grainger, Percy Aldridge)

Southern Harmony (Grantham, Donald)

Glow (Greene, Joni)

Fanfare Ritmico (Higdon, Jennifer)

First Suite in E flat (Holst, Gustav)

Music for Prague 1968 (Husa, Karel)

Smetana Fanfare (Husa, Karel)

An American Tapestry (Kallman, Daniel)

Good Soldier Schwiek Suite, The (Kurka, Robert)

O Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen, Morten)

The Frozen Cathedral (Mackey, John)

Sheltering Sky (Mackey, John)

Color  (Margolis, Bob)

Freebirds (McAlister, Scott)

Requiem for a Hummingbird (Mellits, Marc)

Kozertstruck No. 2 (Mendelssohn)

Intrada 1693 (Montague, Stephen)

Homage to Leonin (Nelson, Ron)

Homage to Perotin (Nelson, Ron)

Homage to Machaut (Nelson, Ron)

Octet (Osman)

Divertimento for Band  (Persichetti, Vincent)

Letters from the Traveling Doll (Piunno, Nicole)

La Fiesta Mexicana (Reed, H. Owen)

North (Ryan, Bill)

Cathedrals (Salfelder, Kathryn)

La belle excentrique (Satie, Eric)

in evenings' stillness (Schwanter, Joseph)

The Washington Post (Sousa, John Philip)

The Liberty Bell (Sousa, John Philip)

Hands Across the Sea (Sousa, John Philip)

Summerland (Still, William Grant)

Selections from "The Danserye" (Susato, Tielman)

The Low Down Brown Get Down (Thomas, Omar)

An American Elegy  (Ticheli, Frank)

Blue Shades (Ticheli, Frank)

Cajun Folk Songs II (Ticheli, Frank)

Sketches on a Tudor Psalm  (Tull, Fisher)

Trauermusik (Wagner, Richard)

Crown Imperial (Walton, William)

Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta”  (Williams, Clifton)

Sunscapes (Wilson, Chandler)

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