Doug Phillips, Director
The Stetson University Symphonic Band is comprised of between 90 and 110 undergraduate music and non-music majors enrolled in the School of Music. Not unlike the university, the Symphonic Band has a long and distinguished history. In addition to tour and conference performances, the band performs fall and spring concerts at Stetson University. In addition to presenting the standard band repertoire, the ensemble is committed to showcasing new compositions. Recent premiere performances include:
- Samuel Adler's Concerto for Guitar and Wind Ensemble
- David Maslanka's Desert Roads: Four Songs for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble
- The world premiere of Sydney Hodkinson's Monumentum pro umbris
Other contemporary works include:
- Peter Graham's Harrison's Dream
- Christopher Marshall's L'homme arme
- David Maslanka's Symphony No. 4
- Sydney Hodkinson's Symphony No. 9 - Epiphanies for Symphony Orchestra Without Strings
The Symphony Band has premiered a number of transcriptions by Joseph Kreines including:
- Walk to the Paradise Garden by Frederick Delius
- Six Movements of the Romeo and Juliet Ballet Suite by Sergi Prokofiev
- Finale to Symphony No. 2 by Jean Sibelius
Members of the Stetson University faculty are regularly featured as soloists with the Symphonic Band as well as musicians from the professional world, including:
- John Bruce Yeh, Clarinet, Chicago Symphony
- Marie Speziale, Cincinnati Symphony and the Cleveland Due Cleveland Orchestra
Since 1991 the Symphonic Band has performed at the following conferences:
- 1991 - Florida Bandmasters Association, Tampa, Fla.
- 1991 - Florida Music Educators Association, Tampa, Fla.
- 1993 - MENC Southern Division Conference, Savannah, Ga.
- 1995 - Kentucky Music Educators Association, Louisville, Ky.
- 1996 - College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association - Southern Division Conference, Biloxi, Miss.
- 1996 - Music Educators National Conference, Kansas City, Mo.
- 1998 - American Bandmasters Association National Conference, Biloxi, Miss.
- 2000 - Music Educators National Conference, Washington, D.C.
- 2002 - College Band Directors Association/National Band Association - Southern Division Conference, Atlanta, Ga.
- 2003 - Florida Music Educators Association Conference, Tampa, Fla.
- 2006 - College Band Directors Association/National Band Association - Southern Division Conference, Nashville, Tenn.
Florida Bandmasters Association
In 1990 the Florida Bandmasters Association instituted the FBA Hall of Fame. Since that initial year the School of Music has hosted the Hall of Fame activities, with the Symphonic Band serving as the featured ensemble.
The strong support and involvement given the band by the woodwind, brass and percussion faculty creates an atmosphere of mutual respect which ensures the success of the Symphonic Band.