EOU Community Symphonic Band

The EOU Wind Ensemble has recently combined forces with community members to form the EOU Community Symphonic Band. The music faculty would like to encourage any student with experience on flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, or orchestral percussion to join and participate in this exciting new ensemble.

The Community Symphonic Band, which is primarily a concert band, performs all styles and genres of symphonic concert band repertoire from traditional band standards, to movie and film music, to chamber music, to arrangements of contemporary music. The group will start a tradition of touring at least once a year in 2006, in conjunction with the jazz ensemble. The ensemble repertoire is based on the instrumentation, interests and ability levels of the student performers, which varies from term to term.  The ensemble meets Tuesdays and Thursdays of fall and winter terms for one general education credit.

The EOU Community Symphonic Band director, Dr. Teun Fetz, has performed and studied with some of the finest wind and symphonic band conductors in the United States including: The University of Oregon Community Symphonic Band, directed by Robert Ponto; The University of Michigan Symphony Band directed by H. Robert Reynolds; The University of Illinois Wind Symphony directed by James Keene, and the United States Air force “Band of Mid-America” in suburban St. Louis, under the direction of Colonel Steven Grimo.

Any students with experience on any wind, brass, or percussion instrument is strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Fetz and participate in the Community Symphonic Band. This group is currently setting a strong foundation of musical excellence with an emphasis on a “total musicianship” approach to learning repertoire, ensemble performance, and individual excellence.