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School of Music

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

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The Band Department at Butler consists of the Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, the Marching Band, and the Basketball Band.

The Butler University Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Robert Grechesky, Director of Bands, has established a reputation for the highest standards of excellence in musical performance. Comprised of students from majors across the University, the band performs its home concerts at Butler's magnificent Clowes Memorial Hall. The band has also performed at conferences and conventions for the Indiana Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, American Bandmaster's Association, the International Mid-Europe Conference in Schladming, Austria, the International Spring Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Soirées Musicale de Bissen in Luxembourg, and the International Percussive Arts Society.

The Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble has traveled extensively; in 2000 the band traveled to Budapest, Prague, and Vienna and performed a featured concert for the prestigious International Mid-Europe Conference of Wind Bands and Ensembles in Schladming, Austria. In 2005 it represented the United States as the first American wind ensemble invited to perform at the International Spring Music Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. The band performed three concerts to wildly enthusiastic audiences, including a sold-out finale performance at the Great Philharmonic Hall (after Shostakovich). In 2008, the Wind Ensemble took its second tour of Europe, traveling to Prague, Kremsmunster, Vienna, Luxembourg, and Amsterdam. Under the patronage of the U.S. Embassy, the band was honored to be the first American ensemble ever to perform at the international music festival, Soirées Musicale de Bissen, in Bissen, Luxembourg. Recently, the Wind Ensemble performed a concert tour in Italy and Greece during Spring Break in March of 2011.

The Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble has had the privilege of working with numerous outstanding guest conductors, including H. Robert Reynolds, Dr. Frederick Fennell, Karel Husa, Col. Arnald Gabriel, Dr. William D. Revelli, Col. L. Bryan Shelburne, Col. John Bourgeois, Commander Allen Beck, Major Matthew Henry, Stephen Eggleston, Dr. John Colbert, Michael Leckrone, Dr. Eric Stark, Henry Leck, and many others.

Soloists who have appeared with the band include the American Brass Quintet, the Empire Brass Quintet, Doc Severinsen, Zack De Pue, Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Marianne Tobias, Kate Boyd, William Grubb, Larry Shapiro, Andrew Russo, Michael Strauss, Douglas Spaniol, Ross Walter, Sharon Searles, Melissa Williams, Nancy Davis Booth, Andrea Gullickson, Rolf Smedvig, Marvin Perry III, Allen Miller, Jared Rodin, Nicholas Brightman, Greg Imboden, Mark Gilgallon, Davis Brooks, Lisa Brooks, Csaba Erdelyi, and the Indianapolis Children's Choir.

The Butler Bands have a long and distinguished history of commissioning and premiering new works for the wind band. A partial list of composers whose works were either commissioned by, or premiered by the band include Eric Ewazen, Arnold Franchetti, James Beckel, Jr., Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, Robert Jager, Timothy Broege, James Syler, Michael Close, James Woodward, David Gillingham, Daron Hagen, Dong Wook Park, Bradley Nelson, and James Mulholland. Composers with whom the band has worked include, among others, Paul Chihara, Jennifer Higdon, Elliott Schwartz, Karel Husa, Samuel Hazo, Wallace De Pue, Stephen Gryc, and Paul Kilstofte.

The Symphonic Band is open to any Butler student by audition.

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