Samford University Concert Bands

Wind Ensemble

The Samford University Wind Ensemble is the flagship ensemble of the Instrumental Studies Department and is considered one of the elite groups of its kind among colleges and universities in Alabama and the Southeast.  The Wind Ensemble is comprised of the best wind and percussion players on campus.  Membership is by audition or consent of the director.  The ensemble surveys a wide variety of wind band literature spanning four centuries and gives several off-campus concerts in addition to on campus performances.  Rehearsals are year round on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 until 5:00.

Recent repertoire for the Wind Ensemble has included: 

  • One Life Beautiful - Julie Giroux
  • Lincolnshire Posy - Percy Grainger
  • March from Symphonic Metamorphosis - Paul Hindemith 
  • George Washington Bridge - William Schuman
  • Teutonic Tales (World Premiere) - Robert W. Smith
  • Semper Fidelis - John Philip Sousa
  • Amparito Roca - Jaime Texidor
  • Two Tango Etudes - Astor Piazzolla and Alan Theisen

Symphonic Band

The Samford University Symphonic Band is open to all University students.  Rehearsals are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons following the completion of marching season in the fall as well as from 3:30 to 5:00 in the spring.  The Symphonic Band performs exciting literature in an atmosphere perfect for students who want to use their musical talents and enjoy a fun atmosphere. 

Recent repertoire for the Symphonic Band has included:

  • Colonel Bogey March - Kenneth Alford
  • Commando March - Samuel Barber
  • Two Grainger Melodies - Percy Grainger
  • A Welsh Rhapsody - Clare Grundman
  • On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss - David R. Holsinger
  • Fanfare for Tomorrow - Robert W. Smith
  • Bullets and Bayonets - John Philip Sousa
  • Amazing Grace - Frank Ticheli

For more information about the Concert Bands, please contact Dr. Jim Smisek at jjsmisek@samford.edu or 205/726-2485.