Wind Symphonies

Wind Symphony I is composed of the top 45 to 50 musicians in the Fort Mill High School Band. Membership in Wind Symphony I is competitive and members are expected to strive for the highest level of individual excellence. Expectations for members include: studying with a private instructor, auditioning for honor bands, performing in solo recitals and competitions, and performing in chamber ensembles.

Wind Symphony I performs some of the most demanding literature in the wind band repertoire at the grade 6 level. Consequently, each member is expected to posses the technical and musical ability to handle those demands while contributing to the integrity of the ensemble.

To maintain membership in the Wind Symphony I, members must demonstrate proficiency by passing regular playing tests. The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Bands perform many concerts throughout the year, starting with the annual Christmas Concert. In the spring, the bands perform at the SC Band Directors Association Concert Festival, where they have consistently earned superior ratings. A winter concert precedes the concert festival in March, followed by a chamber music concert and the spring concert in May.

Additional Wind Symphonies include Wind Symphony II and Wind Symphony III.

2018

  • Winter Concert (February 15, 2018)
    • Wind Symphony 3
      • Rhythm of the Winds                      Frank Erickson
      • Loch Lomond                                     Frank Ticheli
      • Courtly Airs and Dances                Ron Nelson
    • Wind Symphony 2
      • Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo      Malcolm Arnold (arr. John P. Paynter)
      • Song for Lyndsay                              Andrew Boysen
      • Divertimento for Band                   Vincent Persichetti, Op. 42
    • Wind Symphony 1
      • Second Suite in F                              Gustav Holst
      • Four Scottish Dances                      Malcolm Arnold (arr. John P. Paynter)
      • Tam O’Shanter                                  Malcolm Arnold (arr. John P. Paynter)

2017

  • SCBDA State Concert Festival (Irmo, SC)
    • Overture to ‘Candide’ — Leonard Bernstein/Grundman
    • Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes by Carl von Weber — Paul Hindemith/Wilson
  • The President’s Cup sponsored by the US Army Band (Hylton Performing Arts Center)
    • Gallant Seventh March — John Philip Sousa
    • Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes by Carl von Weber — Paul Hindemith/Wilson
    • ShazMaTazz — James Kazik (US Army Band)
  • SCBDA Concert Performance Assessment (Nation Ford HS)
    • Gallant Seventh March — John Philip Sousa
    • Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes by Carl von Weber — Paul Hindemith/Wilson
  • Winter Concert (February FMHS)
    • Tunbridge Fair — Walter Piston
    • October — Eric Whitacre
    • Festive Overture — Dmitri Shostakovich/Hunsberger