Formerly Knollcrest Band, Symphonic Band is one of two Calvin ensembles devoted to the combination of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Unlike Wind Ensemble which adheres to the model of a smaller, more flexible instrumentation, Symphonic Band assumes the role of a larger ensemble. Nonetheless, Symphonic Band members constantly strive to achieve musical excellence in the performance of both traditional and contemporary concert band repertoire. In addition to regular concerts on campus, Symphonic Band typically performs in an area church and/or school each semester.
Symphonic Band membership is open to all Calvin students who have had previous high school experience and wish to participate. Symphonic Band rehearses Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:30-3:20 p.m.
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.
All interested students must complete an audition. Scheduling is coordinated by Dr. Engle at the beginning of each semester.
Audition requirements include: