THE VILLAGES SYMPHONIC WINDS
What do you call a group of some forty former band directors, professional
musicians, and a few dedicated amateurs with over 2000 years of experience?
Simple –The Villages Symphonic Wind Ensemble, a group dedicated
to performing at the highest level of achievement we can reach while
challenging ourselves to continually improve.
We play a wide range of musical genres from “high-brow” to “toe-tapping”
in a variety of keys and time signatures rated from moderate to the most difficult.
Behind the name: From an article about the conception of the Eastman Wind
Ensemble. In 1952, the idea for a new, smaller type of symphonic band occurred
to Frederick Fennell: scaling the typical concert band down to the size of the
wind section of a symphony orchestra, allowing for greater clarity and better
intonation. He recruited nearly 40 players for this in May 1952, explaining,
“I chose the best students in the school, the best solo performers, and the
best ensemble players.” That is what this group strives to be – “The Best”!
Friday, 1 to 3pm, Mulberry Grove
Jill Van Syckle 352-751-7447
After more than a year of not meeting because of the pandemic,
approximately 100 members from the Bands of The Villages (BOTV) came
together early in June to begin “in-person” rehearsals. The reason was to
prepare for the annual 4th of July Patriotic Concert! The Mulberry Recreation
Center buzzed with excitement as the delighted musicians finally were
meeting and playing music again.
The three BOTV directors: Jean Butler (Concert Band), Ward Green (New
Horizons), and Hugh Wicks (Hometown Band) took turns directing
the enthusiastic group! Musicians were volunteers from the three bands.
Although many had participated throughout the “lock down” in Zoom
rehearsals, it was a thrill for them to join colleagues to play music together.
It was an even greater thrill to learn in a few weeks they would play a live
concert for an audience!
The evening of the concert, the band was proudly wearing red, white,
and blue clothing. They were locked, loaded, and ready to play tunes such
as “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars”, “An American Spectacular”, and
American Folks Rhapsody”. The restricted audience of about 80-90 family
and friends outdid themselves by clapping and cheering for the flag-waving
The band’s season concluded with the concert because of the summer break.
In the Fall good news is anticipated when the three bands return to their
usual rehearsals and performances. Check the BOTV websites for
information about performances. It will be a pleasure to once again
recommend attendance at the BOTV concerts—for sure, the bands will be
ready to entertain you!
The Villages Concert Band
is active in the area, supporting groups and organizations with the funds from all concerts.
Jean Butler, the conductor of The Villages Concert Band has built a great musical organization here in The Villages that approaches every playing opportunity with tremendous professionalism. Interested in becoming a part of The Villages Concert Band?
Jean Butler at email@example.com
Attendance Policy for playing a Concert
rehearsals are expectations for
a bandsman to play
in the concerts.
There could be cogent reasons that prohibit attendance at every rehearsal.
However, the band’s
policy to play in a concert include attendance of the
last four rehearsals
plus the dress
If there are unusual
the attendance requirements,
a member may
contact the Director
in an effort to obtain
Section leaders are
to be informed about
THE VILLAGES SYMPHONIC WINDS CALENDAR
Feb 18, 25
Mar 4, 11, 18, 25
1 - 3pm
Mullbery Rec Center
8445 SE 165th Mullbery Ln
The Villages, FL 32162
New Covenant UMC
3470 Woodridge FL 32162
Do Not Arrive Before
12:30pm. Bring ID Card