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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”!

Symphonic Winds

Friday 1 to 3pm, Mulberry Rec Ctr

Jill Van Syckle 352-751-7447




Tuesday, 13 February 2024, 7pm

This year offers an exciting convergence of two holidays as Mardi Gras falls on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s day. Thus, Jean Butler, the band’s conductor, combined music from both special celebrations and entitled the program, “Carnival of Love”! 

This overlap of the two occasions presents an opportunity for blending the romantic songs played on St. Valentine’s Day with the traditional and exuberant jazz numbers performed during Mardi Gras. In effect, the audience will enjoy foot tapping to such tunes as the rambunctious “Carnaval of São Paulo” and then humming along with strains of “My Funny Valentine” and “A Gershwin Tribute to Love”.

Conductor Jean Butler says the romantic and festive concert features two outstanding bandsmen residing in the Villages. Margaret Banton, a professional former military musician, has graciously agreed to be the soprano saxophone soloist for “Danny Boy” and “My Funny Valentine”. Next, Lew Buckley, a retired Coast Guard band conductor, directs his own dynamic arrangement of “The Music Man”. In addition, he is also the arranger for several other sensational selections on the program.

The Valentines-Mardi Gras concert is scheduled at the New Covenant United Methodist Church located at 3470 Woodridge Drive,The Villages. This is an invitation to bring friends, neighbors, and even a sweetheart to enjoy the festive vibes of this combined holiday celebration.

The $15 tickets are available through the band’s website or at the door of the event. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Proceeds from this concert are shared with the Ministries of New Covenant.  

For those who prefer to arrive with tickets, the following is the purchasing process:    

1.Search on 

2. At the top of the page locate a button marked “Tickets”; and then 

3. Click on the button and follow the directions

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

or 352-751-3401

Attendance Policy for playing a Concert

As we continue grow

in quality of performance

and quantity of members 

it is imperative to have full attendance at rehearsals.

We all know that there are very good reasons why people are not able to attend every rehearsal

and those reasons are respected; however, the following guidelines have been established to insure the highest level of performance that we 

can possibly achieve.

Ways to Improve Practice Time





Symphonic Winds Rehearsal Info

Fri 1 to 3pm, Mulberry Rec Ctr

Symphonic Winds Concerts 2023-2024

Feb 4, 2024     6pm 

New Covenant United Methodist Church