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Concert Organizations

Wind Ensemble (BAND 35000)

The University Wind Ensemble is Purdue's foremost musical organization. The traditional symphonic wind band instrumentation is used, and members rank among the finest instrumentalists on the Purdue campus. Internationally known soloists and conductors appear with the ensemble, and there are regular opportunities to travel. The Wind Ensemble performs a concert series each semester and is featured at commencement and other formal University functions. The Wind Ensemble meets three days a week during the fall and spring semesters.

Philharmonic Orchestra (BAND 11000-P01)

The Purdue Philharmonic is one of the premier performing organizations at Purdue. The orchestra consists of many of the finest instrumentalists on campus and uses standard full symphony instrumentation, including a complete complement of strings, winds and percussion. The orchestra performs a concert series each semester on campus and around the state. The repertoire consists of standard orchestral literature from all musical periods. The Philharmonic rehearses three days a week during the fall and spring semesters.

Symphony Orchestra (BAND 11000-S01)

The University Symphony Orchestra provides performance opportunities for students who are not selected for the Philharmonic Orchestra or who want an ensemble experience with a more relaxed atmosphere. The Purdue Symphony uses a standard instrumentation. String players rehearse twice each week, and wind players and percussionists play with the orchestra one day each week. The orchestra performs at least two concerts each semester. The repertoire consists of standard orchestral literature from all periods with a focus on performing music from the romantic period.

Symphonic Band (BAND 11600)

In the spring, the Symphonic Band provides performance opportunities for all indoor band students who are not selected for the Wind Ensemble. A minimum of two formal concerts are held at selected campus venues. In the spring, the band is the second of five wind bands available to students, and the performance literature is more complex. Spring performances include a regular concert series as well as an appearance at the Purdue Bands Showcase in Elliott Hall of Music.

Concert Band (BAND 11700)

Offered during the fall and spring semester s, the University Concert Band performs a wide variety of traditional and contemporary band literature at a level slightly less complex than that of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Performances include a regular concert series as well as an appearance at the Purdue Bands Showcase in Elliott Hall of Music.

Collegiate Band (BAND 11800)

The Collegiate Band meets only during the spring semester and provides instrumental music experiences for students of average talent and ability. Performance literature includes classical, contemporary and popular favorites. The band performs as part of the regular spring concert series and appears as part of the Purdue Bands Showcase in Elliott Hall of Music.

Varsity Band (BAND 11900)

The Varsity Band meets only during the spring semester and provides instrumental music experiences for students of average talent and ability. Performance literature includes classical, contemporary and popular favorites. The band performs as part of the regular spring concert series and appears as part of the Purdue Bands Showcase in Elliott Hall of Music.

Summer Concert Band (BAND 11700)

The Summer Concert Band provides a performance opportunity for students on campus during the first part of Summer Session. Credit is optional, and the ensemble is open to interested community members along with faculty and students. The band holds a concert at Slayter Center in mid-July.