The Wind Symphony is a select group of the finest wind and percussion performers within the University. Membership is earned through audition. The Wind Symphony performs at a near-professional level and presents at least four concerts each year comprised of the finest classical and contemporary wind literature.
A key component of the Wind Symphony???s success has been the contributions of outstanding guest conductors and composers who have brought their skills and musicianship to WVU. These conductors have included prominent composers, top leaders of the nation???s service bands, as well as many outstanding college and public school directors. In recent years, the Wind Symphony has been fortunate to host well-known composers David Maslanka, Samuel Hazo, Robert W. Smith, and David Gillingham. The Wind Symphony has also hosted conductors Dr. Ken Ozzello from the University of Alabama, Colonel Michael Colburn from the United States Marine Band, and the United States Army Herald Trumpets.
In addition to concerts on-campus and at area/regional concert halls, the WVU Wind Symphony has performed at several special events and prestigious locations, including the 1981 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Manchester, England, as well as the 1996 opening concert at the first Atlanta International Band and Orchestra Conference. In the spring of 2002, the Wind Symphony returned to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for a performance highlighting the100th anniversary of the WVU Bands. In the spring of 2009, the Wind Symphony performed at a regional conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance.
The Wind Symphony rehearses three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays) from 1:00-2:50 p.m. Auditions for the Wind Symphony are held during the first three days of each semester. Interested students should prepare two contrasting selections for the auditions - one lyrical and expressive; the second more technically demanding and demonstrating a variety of articulation styles. Sight reading will also be a part of this audition.