The Wind Symphony provides an opportunity for Macalester students to rehearse and perform the concert literature for winds and percussion under the direction of Shelley Hanson. Macalester has a long, rich history of performing music for concert band and the Wind Symphony continues to build on this tradition. The Wind Symphony is open to all Macalester students at all levels of ability.

Students who play the following instruments are welcome to join the band: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, timpani and percussion. Macalester College possesses a limited number of instruments that it can make available to interested students.


No auditions are required. However, if a player would like to play the First Part, they can arrange to audition for the director.

Audition Schedule


Registration for ensembles is taken care of by the directors of the ensembles during the first week of classes. Be aware there is some lag time between when students turn in registration information to the director and when the class appears on records.

Course Credits

  • 1 credit per semester, but only after two consecutive semesters of enrollment.
  • Study abroad does not count as an interruption.
  • Credits for ensembles do not count towards the College’s 18-credit limit.
  • Ensemble credits count towards the Fine Arts requirement, but only if the student has registered for four semesters of the same ensemble.

Rehearsal Schedule

7:15–8:45 PM
Crawford Hall (M116)


There will be one major performance per semester, with various smaller performances as the opportunities arise.


Shelley Hanson, Director