The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen, is the select wind ensemble consisting of approximately 45 instrumentalists. They perform a wide range of music for winds, from small chamber ensembles to full band literature. Works are generally quite difficult and include both classics and contemporary music in the repertory. Wind Ensemble rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Auditions for membership are held in the fall.
The Symphonic Band is a large ensemble that plays a wide range of serious concert music that encompasses traditional band literature, transcriptions and more recent works for winds. Symphonic Band is open by audition each fall. Conducted by professor Mark Zielinski, the Symphonic Band rehearses Tuesday and Thursday from 3:40 to 5:00 p.m. Those auditioning are strongly encouraged to prepare the excerpts required for Wind Symphony and/or Symphony Orchestra.
The Concert Band is a large ensemble that performs a wide range of serious concert music encompassing traditional band literature, transcriptions, and more recent works for winds. Concert Band has open enrollment; auditions are necessary for seating purposes only. The group is primarily comprised of non-music majors. Conducted by Casey Goodwin, the Concert Band rehearses Tuesday and Thursday from 5:40 to 7:00 p.m.
NH Youth Band
The New Hampshire Youth Band brings together at UNH fine players of each instrument in grades 5-12 to form an outstanding band.
Unlike SYMS, the band meets throughout the year and performs two to three concerts.
The Youth Band meets on Wednesdays 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Paul Creative Arts Center on the UNH campus in Durham. In those rehearsals, the group puts together a concert with a large, well-balanced band. Each week, NHYB members will spend time in sectional rehearsals run by UNH music majors, and the rest of the time in full rehearsal. When it's over, the group plays a concert in the Johnson Theater. After some time off for the holidays, Youth Band begins again in January in preparation for the second semester concert.Click for more information.