Dr. Patrick O'Shea
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.
SMU Concert Band will share the stage with the Saint Mary’s Choirs for the annual Family Weekend Concert on October 1st, 2016. The performance begins at 2 PM in the beautiful Page Theater in the Performance Center. The band will perform four family-friendly including works by John Williams, Ralph Vaughan-Williams and John Wasson.
The second concert of the season is also in Page Theater on December 11th at 4:00 PM and will feature music with a winter theme (Sam Hazo’s Minnesota Portraits) and seasonal favorites. The Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will present the annual Music in our Schools Month Concert on Sunday, March 12th. The concert theme is “Just One Word” and features music whose titles are literally “just one word!”
Please reserve tickets for all concerts in advance at the Page Theater Box Office reservation site: http://www.pagetheatre.org or in person.
The Concert Band also performs for commencement in May, entertaining graduation ceremony families with 20 minute prelude concert before the 11:00 AM ceremony.
Interested in joining the Concert Band? New members from the Saint Mary's community and the greater Winona region are welcome at the beginning of each semester. Contact director Janet Heukeshoven at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-457-1675 for details.