What Exactly IS a Concert Band?

A concert band, also called wind ensemble, symphonic band, wind symphony, wind orchestra, wind band, symphonic winds, symphony band, or symphonic wind ensemble, is a performing ensemble consisting of members of the woodwind, brass, and percussion families of instruments, along with the double bass.

A concert band’s repertoire includes original wind compositions, transcriptions/arrangements of orchestral compositions, light music, and popular tunes. Though the instrumentation is similar, a concert band is distinguished from the marching band in that its primary function is as a concert ensemble. The standard repertoire for the concert band does, however, contain concert marches.*

An instrumental ensemble ranging from forty to eighty musicians (CACB currently has approximately 60 musicians) or more, consisting of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.

Here’s a very interesting history on the Concert Band we found on the website at Lipscomb University in Nashiville, TN.  CLICK HERE!


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