What is a Concert Band?

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

A concert band’s repertoire includes original wind compositions, 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.

What is the best seating plan for a Concert Band?

The following seating charts were scanned from “The Gospel According to Mark” Hindsley on Bands. If you are a band director and have not read this book you owe it to yourself. There are few publications out there that explain things as completely (and historically) as this one.

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