The Florida College Wind Ensemble performs some of the best literature written for the medium, most of it written for and recorded by professional and collegiate ensembles. Whether you were a member of an all-state or honor band or just loved making music with your friends in high school, there is a role for you to play in this ensemble.
Our students enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of learning and performing advanced music with fellow Christians who have various college majors and come from different parts of the world. The Wind Ensemble performs at fall and spring concerts, the February Lectureship concert and the annual spring tour. When the concert attire comes off and the Pep Band uniforms go on, nothing compares with the excitement of the Falcon basketball team taking the floor while the stands rock to the beat of the Falcon Pep Band!
The academic credits from these classes count as electives toward graduation requirements.
For more information about the Wind Ensemble, please contact Professor Brian Rainwater.
How much time is required?
- Wind ensemble calls for M/W/F rehearsals (one hour each) and jazz ensemble calls for T/R rehearsals (one hour each)
- No individual playing exams or fundraising
- We are also able to take two to four weeks off a semester!
Most band students typically make the dean’s list or honor roll. Band members also have time to be involved in many other activities such as yearbook, chorus, Friends, drama, sports and cheerleading. Many are employed on or off campus.
What level of music do the bands play?
The literature we perform is consistent with that of most colleges, as many of the band members earned honors in high school, such as all-state or all-county. Much of the music we play has been performed and recorded by professional ensembles.
Does the College have instruments I can use?
- The larger and more expensive instruments are furnished by the College at no expense.
- Some smaller instruments are also available for students who do not own one or need an upgrade.
- Reeds, oil, grease, mutes, sticks, etc. are also provided free of charge.
I haven’t practiced all summer. Will I have to try out?
Most students don’t play in the summer. After one or two weeks of rehearsing, band members are easily “back into shape.” There is currently no audition to be in the bands, except for jazz ensemble rhythm section players.