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         Butler University Symphonic              Wind Ensemble

Butler University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (BUSWE) is the university’s premier ensemble of wind, brass, and percussion instruments. Conducted by Prof. Michael Colburn, Director of Bands, the group is composed of students from majors across the university. In addition to regular concerts in Butler’s newest performance venue, the highly acclaimed Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, the band has also performed at conferences and conventions of the Indiana Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.

BUSWE has worked with numerous esteemed guest conductors, including Dr. Frederick Fennell, H. Robert Reynolds, Karel Husa, Dr. William Revelli, Col. John Bourgeois, Cdr. Allen Beck, Col. L. Bryan Shelburne, and Dr. John Colbert. Soloists who have appeared with BUSWE include Dame Evelyn Glennie, Doc Severinsen, Zack De Pue, Jauvon Gilliam, the Canadian Brass, the American Brass Quintet, and the Empire Brass. Butler Bands have a long and distinguished history of commissioning and premiering new compositions for wind band, including works by Michael Abels, Stacy Garrop, Eric Ewazen, Scott McAllister, Daron Hagen, James Beckel, Jr., Robert Jager, and Butler composers Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, and James Mulholland.

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