Symphonic Band

The Wheaton College Symphonic Band performs traditional and contemporary wind band music, maintaining a tradition of music excellence at Wheaton College for over 125 years. It is a remarkable mix of music and liberal arts majors who enjoy close community and sharing their musical gifts with others.


The Symphonic Band is an all-campus ensemble of 60-70 musicians. The ensemble rehearses MW 3:15-4:45. Three major performances are presented annually in addition to special programming including children's concerts, holiday performances, and tours. Symphonic Band is a full-year course.

Instrumentation: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, string bass, percussion


Auditions are held in August before the first week of classes and can be scheduled at that time or by contacting Dr. Yontz at Auditions consist of the following prepared items:

  • 1 minute "lyrical" selection of your choosing
  • 1 minute "technical" selection of your choosing
  • Chromatic scale slurred evenly up and down demonstrating your full range
  • Sight-reading
  • (Percussion Auditions will be held separately through the Percussion Studio)

The Wheaton College Symphonic Band performed at the 2014 North Central Division Conference of the College Band Director’s National Association and the 2013 Illinois Music Education Conference.

Dr. Timothy Yontz, conductor

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