Symphonic Band

Dr. Christopher Schletter, Conductor

The Marshall University Symphonic Band is one of the fine ensembles performing core wind band repertoire, as well as some new works, available to us. Membership in the Symphonic Band is open to all Marshall University students, both music majors and non-majors.  Rehearsals take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 1:00-1:50. Auditions are not required to be in the ensemble. However, we request that all students have a few years of experience and have the ability to read music.

We work to better ourselves through music, while we strive to reach exceptional music performance levels together. We encouraged members of the Symphonic Band to practice their parts on a regular basis outside of the scheduled rehearsals.  The Symphonic Band presents two concerts each semester. In addition, we perform at the MU High School Honor Band Festival.

Recent Performance Repertoire

  • Children’s March – Percy Grainger
  • Firework – Jan Van der Roost
  • Loch Lomond – Frank Ticheli
  • Walking Tune – Percy Grainger
  • The Great Locomotive Chase – Robert W. Smith
  • Salvation is Created – Tchesnokov/Kreines
  • The Cave that you Fear – Mark Markowski
  • Manatee Lyric Overture – Robert Sheldon
  • Variations on a Korean Folk Song – John Barnes Chance
  • Down a Country Lane – Aaron Copland
  • Dusk – Stephen Bryant
  • Fairest of the Fair – Sousa
  • Chorale and Shaker Dance – John Zdechlik
  • Australian Up-Country Tune – Percy Grainger
  • Chant and Jubilo – W. Francis McBeth
  • Homeward Bound – Sousa
  • Three Ayres from Gloucester – Hugh M. Stuart
  • Flourish for Wind Band – R. Vaughan Williams
  • Air for Band – Frank Erickson
  • Sea Songs – R. Vaughan Williams
  • Iberian Escapade – Robert Sheldon
  • The Lark in the Clean Air – Clifton Taylor
  • Where the Black Hawk Soars – Robert W. Smith
  • Rondino – L. V. Beethoven
  • Improvisations for 4 Trumpets and 4 Percussion – Nicole Piunno
  • Life Painting (adaptable instrumentation) – Aaron Perrine
  • Serenade for Winds, Op. 44 by Dvorák, arr. – Jacques Larocque for sax enesemble
  • Divertimento for Brass and Percussion – Karel Husa
  • Ye Banks and Braes ‘O Bonnie Doon – Percy Grainger
  • A Hymn for Peace – Kevin Day
  • Two Movements from Lincolnshire Posy, by Grainger, arr. for flex ensemble – Michael Sweeney
  • Belle, from Cajun Folk Song Suite, flex band edition – Frank Ticheli
  • In This Broad Earth – Steven Bryant
  • Let Me Be Frank (adaptable instrumentation) – John Mackey
  • Country Gardens – Percy Grainger

Find previous concerts on our School of Music YouTube Channel.


Course Information:
MUS 465
Offered fall and spring semesters

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Upcoming Wind Band Performances

The Marshall University Wind Bands new concert season begin this fall. Stay tuned for dates and times.

All concerts can be found on our YouTube Channel here.


Marching Thunder Events

Fall 2024 Performance Schedule
Next season’s game and performance schedule will be determined in the spring. Please stay tuned.

31st – Home vs. Stoney Brook

7th – Possible Exhibition
21st – Possible OSU Game
28th – Home vs. W. Michigan

5th – Home vs. App State
17th (Thurs) – Home vs. GA St.
26th – Tri-State Marching Championships

2nd – Home vs. ULM
16th – Home vs. CCU

7th – Possible SBC Championships
Possible Post-season Bowl Game