Everyone is invited to this gala University of Illinois Bands Homecoming Concert—but especially all Illinois band alumni and their families and friends! The Wind Orchestra, the Illinois Wind Symphony, and the Marching Illini will perform a concert you won’t want to miss. This gala event is also part of the university's sesquicentennial celebration. They will be performing Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy and John Philip Sousa's University of Illinois March.
A preeminent ensemble in the world, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony premieres new works, travels to national and international events, and sets the standard for band performance and training. Its members are undergraduate and graduate students who excel at playing the traditional band repertoire, works for small chamber groups, and innovative new pieces. Since its inception, it has served as an ambassador for the historic Illinois Bands program and is an innovator in the wind band field.
The outstanding musicians in the University of Illinois Wind Orchestra excel at a wide range of musical styles and are committed to expanding band music's reaches as they undertake works for large or small groups, traditional pieces, and new compositions.