The Syracuse University Wind Ensemble will present a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. in the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College. David A. Waybright, professor, director of bands and conductor of the Wind Symphony at the University of Florida, will be the featured guest conductor. The concert is free and open to the public.
Under the direction of Bradley P. Ethington and Justin J. Mertz—faculty members in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music--and graduate conducting associate Joshua D. Nightingale, the Wind Ensemble will perform works by Paul Dukas, Charles Ives, Warren Benson, John Mackey and Donald Grantham.
Waybright is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician with wind bands, orchestras and choirs, and has appeared in that capacity in most of the 50 states and throughout Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. He has held residencies at many of the nation's leading music schools. In addition, he is active in the commissioning and performance of new music and has won the praise of such composers as Dana Wilson, Michael Torke, Grantham, John Corigliano and Leslie Bassett for his interpretation of their works. He is founder and principal conductor for the American Chamber Winds, a professional touring and recording ensemble.
Waybright is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association, for which he has served on the board of directors for two terms and was president of the organization from 2013-2014. He is a lifetime member of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Convention and Florida Music Educators Association. Ensembles under his direction have performed invited concerts at conferences sponsored by all of these organizations.
The Wind Ensemble is the University’s premiere concert band and is primarily made up of musicians from within the Setnor School of Music.
Free and accessible concert parking is available on campus in the Q-1 lot, located behind Crouse College, on a space-available basis after 7 p.m. If this lot is full or unavailable, guests will be redirected. Campus parking availability is subject to change, so please call 315-443-2191 for current information. For more information about the concert, contact the University Band Office at 315-443-2194.