St. Mary's University Music Department, Winona, Minnesota

Concert Band

After graduation from high school, where can people go to continue to enjoy making music together in a concert band? The SMU Concert Band strives to answer that question. If you enjoyed playing in your high school band there is a place for you in the Saint Mary’s University band program. Students from all academic areas are invited to participate. We enjoy making music in a cooperative, positive atmosphere.

The 70 member SMU Concert Band rehearses twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday evenings, as not to conflict with science labs, afternoon sports practices and most other campus events. We also welcome a number of talented high school and community musicians into our midst as part of our ongoing college/community partnership. Auditions are held at the start of each academic year for chair placement, it is expected that band members have participated in high school ensembles prior to joining the SMU band.

The band performs an average twice each semester, and participates in off-campus performances on a regular basis, performing at high schools or other regional concerts


The SMU Band also performs for the undergraduate commencement ceremony and other official university events when the occasion arises.

Past composers who have written for the band include Steve Barnett, Lee Kesselman, Philip Rothman, internationally acclaimed composer Judith Lang Zaimont, Marc Bernstein, Paul Richards and Larry Bitensky, and Steven Rosenhaus. For additional information on the Kaplan Commissioning Project please click on the Kaplan Project link.

Companion ensembles include the select Wind Ensemble and the Pep Band.  Membership in the Wind Ensemble is determined by audition and permission of the director, the Pep Band is run by music education students and is a recognized student club.

Latest News

SMU Concert Band will share the stage with the Saint Mary’s Choirs for the annual Family Weekend Concert on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. The performance begins at 2 PM in the beautiful Page Theater in the Performance Center. The band will perform family-friendly music including the Holst Suite Number 1 and a medley of music originally composed for video games.

The second performance of the season is also in Page Theater on December 10th at 4:00 PM and will feature music with a holiday theme.  The concert will include pieces from a variety of cultural traditions.

During spring semester the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will present the annual Music in our Schools Month Concert on Sunday, March 11th, 2018. The concert theme is “Shades of Blue” and features Frank Ticheli’s groundbreaking work Blue Shades and also John Mackey’s Hymn to the Blue Hour.

More information is avaialbe via the Page Theatre website.