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!