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About the Symphonic Winds Ensemble

The Symphonic Winds Ensemble is a highly select, auditioned band that has its roots in university bands that have been around since the early 1900s. It officially became the Symphonic Winds Ensemble in 2000. It is directed by Chris Navarrete, Department of Music and Theatre faculty member. Members of this ensemble are CSU, Chico students of any major who play flute, clarinet, saxophone, low woodwind, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, or a percussion instrument. The band plays a variety of traditional and contemporary music for wind ensembles. Performances during the semester include a series of on-campus and off-campus concerts as well as tours and performances at professional music conventions.