Director of Bands, Christopher Bianco
There are performing opportunities for everyone – music majors and non-majors alike – in Western’s band program. We have two large auditioned band and one athletic band that can be joined without an audition. All WWU students, regardless of major, are encouraged to participate in one of the three bands on campus.
The Wind Symphony, a select group of Western Washington University's finest musicians, performs literature from the standard wind band repertoire as well as music from some of today's best living composers. The Wind Symphony performs in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art, acoustically thrilling hall seating 645 patrons.
The Symphonic Band includes eighty-plus players performing standard literature for concert band by composers such as Holst, Grainger, Sousa, and Reed as well as contemporary works. The Symphonic Band rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:50 pm. To join Symphonic Band please see our ensemble auditions page for more information regarding requirements and registration.
Viking Athletic Band
The Western Washington University Viking Band is a large pep band consisting of both music majors and non-music majors. The Viking Band plays at all home WWU Volleyball, WWU Men's and Women's Basketball Games at Carver Gym, creating an energetic and positive environment for students and fans by supporting our teams with high-energy music and loud cheering. For more information, contact the conductor Professor Zach Smith, Please visit the Viking Athletic Band web site for more information.
Joining an Ensemble
All students can join Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band through an Ensemble Audition. Students must be able Students will not be able to register for auditioned ensembles until after Ensemble Audition results have been posted. Credits from ensembles may apply towards total graduation requirements and may additionally apply to upper-division and elective requirements for graduation.