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Symphonic Band

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Symphonic Band is a concert band that performs traditional literature in multiple concerts per semester, both on campus and in the surrounding community.

Membership is open to Calvin students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members with high school band experience.

Rehearsal information: Thursday, 7:00-9:00pm


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Tiffany Engle

Associate Professor; Co-chair, Visual and Performing Arts; Director of Instrumental Studies (Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, conducting, saxophone)

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  • History

    Professor Derald De Young started another concert ensemble, Knollcrest Band, in 1980. With this addition, Calvin became the only private university in Michigan to have a completely separate and independent second concert band. In 2009, Knollcrest Band changed its name to Symphonic Band, a title that better reflected its purpose and function. Symphonic Band offers the opportunity for every student with high school experience to make music at Calvin.

  • Auditions

    Those interested in joining Symphonic Band should contact Dr. Tiffany Engle ( for more information and to schedule an audition time. Auditions consist of: 

    • Designated scales (from memory) 
    • Prepared excerpts (distributed in advance) 
    • Sight-reading 

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