Conductor—Jason Gardner

A popular concert ensemble, comprised of music majors and liberal arts students (non-music majors), which performs a variety of sophisticated concert band repertoire.

The Symphonic Winds is one of two Wind Ensembles that performs in concert at Illinois Wesleyan University.  The ensemble consistently performs challenging pieces from the best literature available for band.  Consisting of approximately fifty students, the Symphonic Winds performs three to four concerts each year, often sharing a concert with the Wind Ensemble and occasionally performing off-campus in the Bloomington-Normal area.

The ensemble may satisfy the University fine arts credit when private instruction is elected concurrently for one full year.  While this ensemble satisfies the ensemble credit for music majors, any student who attends Illinois Wesleyan University may participate in the ensemble following the completion of a successful audition or after receiving the permission of the conductor.

Current Season


Blue Shades—Frank Tichelli

March from "Symphonic Metamorphosis"—Paul Hindemith

Armenian Dances, Pt. I—Alfred Reed

Moon River - A Fantasy for Symphonic Band—Jerry Bilik

A Longford Way—Percy Grainger

The Voice of the Guns March—Kenneth Alford

William Byrd Suite—Gordon Jacob

Aftonen—Hugo Alfren

In Storm and Sunshine—J.C. Heeds

Three Merry Marches—Ernst Krenek

Fanfare pour predece "La Peri"—Paul Dukas

Amazing Grace—Frank Ticheli

The Gods Go A-Begging—G.F. Handel/Duthoit

American Civil War Fantasy—Jerry Bilik

An Original Suite for Military Band—Gordon Jacob