University Bands 2017-18 Season

Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Andy Collinsworth, conductor

Admission is $8. Parking is included.


Saturday, October 14, 7:30 pm
Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Andy Collinsworth, conductor
Steven Bryant, guest composer
Weill Hall

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will perform the music of composer Steven Bryant, including his jubilant overture Radiant Joy, two poetic ballads —Nothing Gold Can Stay and Dusk, and Ecstatic Waters, a techno-infused suite which Bryant calls “a juxtaposition of opposing musical and extra-musical elements.”  Bryant’s three-day residency includes a composer’s forum and rehearsal.


About Steven Bryant
Steven Bryant trained for one summer in the mid-1980s as a break-dancer (i.e. forced into lessons by his mother), was the 1987 1/10 scale radio-controlled car racing Arkansas state champion, has a Bacon Number of 1, and has played saxophone with Branford Marsalis on Sleigh Ride. Steven studied composition with John Corigliano at The Juilliard School, Cindy McTee at the University of North Texas, and Francis McBeth at Ouachita University. Bryant resides in Durham, NC with his wife, conductor Verena Moesenbichler-Bryant.

Ecstatic Waters


Matt SlocumMatt Slocum

Saturday, December 9, 7:30 pm
Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Andy Collinsworth, conductor
Weill Hall

In honor of the recent passing of the beloved wind band composer David Maslanka, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Maslanka’s Hosannas, which draws from the Chorale Preludes of J.S. Bach. The program also includes Keith Wilson’s monumental transcription of Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.


Alfred Reed | A Festival Prelude                                         
Thomas Ruedi | S’isch Abe n-e Monsch uf Ärde                    
Jan Van der Roost | Balkanya                                                        
Jay Chattaway | Parade of the Tall Ships                                
Dmitri Shostakovich | Festive Overture, op. 96                                
Transcr. by H. Robert Reynolds
David Maslanka | Hosannas
Paul Hindemith | Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber Transcr. by Keith Wilson


Matt Slocum

Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 pm
The United States Navy Concert Band
Captain Kenneth Collins, conductor
Weill Hall

The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy and recognized as one of the finest wind ensembles in the world will present a concert in Weill Hall as part of their spring 2018 U.S. tour. Under the direction of Capt. Kenneth Collins, the band performs a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Parking is included.


Matt Slocum

Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm
Outreach Concert: SSU Concert Band
Andy Collinsworth, conductor
Maria Carrillo High School

In keeping with our tradition of outreach to area schools, the SSU Concert Band will perform in conjunction with the acclaimed Maria Carrillo High School Symphonic Band. Now in its third year, the SSU Concert Band is comprised of music majors and non-majors from disciplines throughout the university. The band affords opportunities to music education majors to perform on secondary instruments and, on occasion, to conduct the ensemble.

Maria Carrillo High School is located at 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

Matt Slocum

March 7–9
6th Annual Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Andy Collinsworth, conductor
Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Kahn, conductor
Weill Hall

The Sonoma Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival is a non-competitive, non-rated festival, with emphases on musical artistry and education.

Now in its 6th year, the festival will feature performances by more than 50 High School Bands and Orchestras from throughout California. After performing for 30 minutes in Weill Hall, ensembles receive a 30-minute clinic from one of a distinguished panel of adjudicators.

Guest Adjudicators:

  • Dr. Kevin Sedatole, Director of Bands at Michigan State University

  • Dr. Kevin Noe, Director of Orchestral Activities at Michigan State University

  • Dr. Eric Rombach-Kendall, Director of Bands at New Mexico State University

  • Dr. James Smart, Director of Bands at the University of Montana.

The SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra will perform each day from 12:30–2:00 pm.

Free admission, $5 daily parking charge.


Matt Slocum

March 21–24
College Band Directors National Association
Western/Northwestern Division Conference
Weill Hall

The Sonoma State University Department of Music is proud to host the College Band Directors National Association’s biennial Western/Northwestern Division Conference featuring performances by nine outstanding university wind bands from throughout the Western U.S. and Canada.

Featured ensembles:
Wednesday March 21
8:00 pm SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Andy Collinsworth

Thursday March 22
1:00 pm Pacific Lutheran College Wind Ensemble, Edwin Powell
2:15 pm Fresno State University Wind Orchestra, Gary Gilroy
7:00 pm University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Robert Taylor
8:15 pm Central Washington University Wind Ensemble, Lewis Norfleet

Friday March 23
1:00 pm University of Montana Symphonic Wind Ensemble, James Smart
2:15 pm Nevada Wind Ensemble, Reed Chamberlin
7:00 pm CSU Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Symphony, John Carnahan

Saturday March 24
10:00 am University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, Chad Nicholson
12:15 pm WNW CBDNA Intercollegiate Honor Band, Larry Gookin


Free admission, $5 daily parking charge.

Matt Slocum

Saturday, May 12, 7:30 pm
Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band
Andy Collinsworth, conductor
Eric Cabalo, guitar soloist
Delta College Symphonic Band
Meryl Wamhoff, conductor
Weill Hall

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band welcome special guests, the Delta College Symphonic Band under the baton of Meryl Wamhoff.

Guest artist Eric Cabalo, Studio Instructor in Classical Guitar, will perform Conciertango Buenos Aires by the Argentinian guitarist Chaco Tirao (1941-2007) with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Other program selections will be announced at a later date.


Matt Slocum


Getting There

Weill Hall is at the Green Music Center, located off Rohnert Park Espressway two miles east of Highway 101, near the intersection with Petaluma Hill Road.


Parking is included with ticket purchase. For free concerts, Parking passes are $5 daily and may be obtained from the lot machines or from Information kiosks at campus entrances.

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