Northwood’s symphonic band, or concert band, is a performing ensemble consisting of members of the woodwind, brass, and percussion families of instruments, and occasionally including the double bass or bass guitar. On rare occasions, additional non-traditional instruments may be added to such ensembles such as piano, harp, synthesizer, or electric guitar.
A symphonic band’s repertoire includes original wind compositions, transcriptions/arrangements of orchestral compositions, light music, and popular tunes. Though the instrumentation is similar, a symphonic band is distinguished from the marching band in that its primary function is as a concert ensemble. The standard repertoire for the symphonic band does, however, contain concert marches.
Please read over and sign the last page of the Band Syllabus.
We typically have two performances (2020-21 dates TBD):
- Band and Chorus Fall Concert
- Holiday Concert
Students should dress in “concert black and white” as outlined in the course syllabus.