Our mission is to spread the word about the wonderful concert band literature we perform. We travel around, bringing new audience members into the fold, rarely performing consecutive concerts in the same location. We perform in various concert venues. We usually perform concerts on Sunday afternoon or evening.
Who are we?
The Upstate Symphonic Winds is a community band that draws musicians from many parts of Upstate South Carolina (and a few beyond). We have members from Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, Taylors, Travelers Rest, Easley, Anderson, Belton, Honea Path, Due West, Abbeville, Laurens, Clinton, Hodges, Greenwood, Columbia, and Hendersonville in North Carolina.
Where do we meet?
Members receive an email with location assignments for each concert cycle. Rehearsals are usually scheduled on Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 4:30pm, and we stop earlier than 4:30pm when possible.
When do we rehearse?
Rehearsals on Sundays in late August and September for a concert at the end of September
No full band activities in October…chamber groups rehearse and perform
Rehearsal on Sundays in November and early December for a mid-December concert
No full band activities in January…chamber groups rehearse and perform
Rehearsal on Sundays in February and early March for a mid-March concert
Rehearsal on Sundays in late April and May for a concert at the end of May or the beginning of June
What do we play?
List of pieces we’ve performed:
Four Scottish Dances: Malcolm Arnold
Americans We: Henry Fillmore
His Honor: Henry Fillmore
The Footlifter: Henry Fillmore
Perthshire Majesty: Samuel Hazo
Ride: Samuel Hazo
On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss: David Holsinger
First Suite in E-flat Major: Gustav Holst
Second Suite in F Major: Gustav Holst
An Original Suite : Gordon Jacob
Esprit De Corps : Robert Jager
Pageant: Vincent Persichetti
Russian Christmas Music: Alfred Reed
The Hounds of Spring : Alfred Reed
New England Triptych : William Schuman
Metroplex : Robert Sheldon
Vesuvius : Robert Sheldon
Festive Overture : Dmitri Shostakovich
Emperata Overture : Claude Smith
Stars and Stripes Forever: John Sousa
The Washington Post: John Sousa
The Firebird Suite: Igor Stravinsky
An American Elegy: Frank Ticheli
Sinfonians : Clifton Williams
Toccata Marziale: Ralph Williams
Chorale and Shaker Dance : John Zdechlik