Symphonic Winds is a concert band open to anyone on campus. It is mainly made up of non-music majors with a few music majors participating. The ensemble is a traditional concert band with set instrumentation, which performs large ensemble works and is specifically focused on providing members with a variety of quality repertoire, unique/untraditional repertoire, and non-traditional collaborations. Concerts for the Symphonic Winds are held on campus at a variety of venues and usually in tandem with other ensembles in the School of Music.
The ensemble is specifically geared to serve non-music majors who want to enjoy playing and improve their skills, and music education students on secondary instruments who wish to become familiar with more repertoire and other instruments than their primary. Symphonic Winds is open to both music majors and non-majors by audition. It is a recommended second "large ensemble" experience for music education majors playing secondary instruments, and is a wonderful musical outlet for non-music majors to enjoy actively making-music. Symphonic Winds rehearses ninety minutes twice per week and presents two concerts per semester. The ensemble is open to all by audition, which takes place at the beginning of each semester.