UNSW Wind Symphony

Our History

The Wind Band (as it was first called) was established by two undergraduate students, David Gilfillan and Emery Schubert, in 1991 to perform works specially composed for wind ensembles. It gave it’s first concert on 26 May, 1991 and to this day, the band continues to provide a rich experience for musicians and music lovers.

The pieces played by the Wind Band were generally composed in the post 1900s. Also in the repertoire were arrangements of works from all eras and styles, including jazz, popular and art-music forms. Since 2013, the UNSW Wind Band has been known as the UNSW Wind Symphony, reflecting the shift in the ensemble’s repertoire over its history.The ensemble offers a congenial home, as well, to many of the woodwind and brass players on campus, and comprises about 50 players at any one time.

The regular conductors of the UNSW Wind Band in past years were: David Gilfillan (1991-1993), Chris Blenkinsopp (1994-1998 and 2001-2003), Gary McPherson (1999-2000), Mathias Rogala-Koczorowski (2004-2006), Steven Hillinger (2006-2012) and Steven Capaldo (2013-2017). Emery Schubert has also been a frequent guest conductor.

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Join Us

All wind, brass and percussion players are welcome to join the Wind Symphony. No audition is required. New members are accepted at the start of each semester and are expected to attend weekly rehearsals in John Clancy Auditorium from 4:00-6:15 pm on Tuesdays. In audition, all members must be available to perform in the upcoming concerts (13 April and 25 May, 2018). Rehearsals start in Week One, so if you are interested in joining, simply complete the Online Registration Form. Returning members are also required to register.


Special thanks to the Music Performance Unit for their assistance with the creation of this page.