Symphonic Band



The Calvin College Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Tiffany Engle is one of two Calvin ensembles devoted to the combination of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Unlike the Wind Ensemble which adheres to the wind ensemble model of smaller, more flexible instrumentation, the Symphonic Band assumes the role of a larger ensemble. Nonetheless, members of the Symphonic Band constantly strive to achieve musical excellence in the performance of both traditional and contemporary concert band repertoire.

The Symphonic Band seating and part assignments are determined by yearly auditions in which students perform a prepared solo piece, various band literature excerpts, and sight-reading. This ensemble typically presents two performances during the semester, shared concerts with both the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. Other performance opportunities for full band and/or chamber ensembles often arise in venues both on campus and within the surrounding community.

As Christian musicians, we recognize that all things belong to God. This awareness heightens our sense of gratitude for the many blessings that our Creator has graciously given to us. We believe that we are called to develop these talents, to constantly refine our natural skills as much as possible. Thus our faith is the driving force for what we do as Christians, musicians, and ensemble members. The Symphonic Band brings together individuals who enjoy making music in an ensemble setting-an atmosphere conducive to artistic development, spiritual enrichment, and empowering Christian fellowship.

The Symphonic Band rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30-1:20 p.m.


Our History

The Symphonic Band was started in 1980 by Professor Derald De Young. Calvin is the only private college in Michigan to have a completely separate and independent second concert band. The Symphonic Band assures that every students who comes to Calvin will have the opportunity to play in a concert band. The Symphonic Band is made up mostly of first year students but not entirely. The band numbers about 50 students and rehearses three times a week from 12:30 to 1:20 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Symphonic Band appears in the Fall Music Festival in October, performs in area churches as part of the worship service and gives a concert at the end of each semester. Students in the Symphonic Band are encouraged but not required to take private lessons to improve their musical skills. All students in the Symphonic Band are given an opportunity to audition for the Wind Ensemble, if they wish, in the spring semester for the following year. Tiffany Engle was appointed as the band's second conductor in the fall of 2005.