University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Symphony Band


Mark Norman, conductor

The UWM Symphony Band is the second of the three concertizing ensembles in the UWM Bands performance area. The ensemble is generally made up of undergraduate and (some) graduate music majors, but it is also open to non-Music students with significant performance skills, through our Fall auditions (see: -link-held during the first week of school each year).

The Symphony Band ranks as one of the finest of its kind, having performed with a number of distinguished composers such as John Mackey, John Corigliano, Joseph Schwantner, Karel Husa, Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Fisher Tull, Anthony Iannocone, and David Holsinger, and gave the Wisconsin Premiere of Michael Markowski’s Tidal Forces in 2010.

In the summer of 1996, the UWM Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band toured Australia and Hawaii. While in Australia, they were a featured ensemble for the 9th Annual Australian Band and Orchestra Association’s National Convention in Melbourne, and performed at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial while in Hawaii.

The UWM Symphony Band was also included in the recording projects “Classics for Wind Ensemble/Symphony Band” and the 2000 GIA Publication “Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band”

Listen to the Symphony Band

Coming Soon...

Malcolm Arnold: English Dances, Set One (I, II) – app. 5 minutes
Percy Grainger: Children’s March – app. 7.25 minutes
John Mackey: Kingfishers catch fire (II) – app. 5.5 minutes

Rehearsal Schedule:


Monday, 2:00-3:50pm
Wednesday, 2:00-2:50pm
Friday, 2:00-3:30pm

All rehearsals and performances take place in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard, Milwaukee).

Course listings:

MUSIC 040, 1cr. (Music majors)
MUSIC 041, 2cr. (non-Music majors)
MUSIC 788, 1 cr. (Music graduate students)

Concerts and additional course obligations

Sectional rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concerts take place outside of the course meeting times. Refer to the Course Syllabus for exact details regarding these times.