The Symphonic Band was formed in 1978 by Dr. William F. Malambri upon his arrival at Winthrop University as Director of Bands. This large ensemble is open to all students regardless of major, through audition at the beginning of each semester. This ensemble has a strong tradition for its performance of significant repertoire written for wind band. In addition, the Symphonic Band fosters an appreciation for a variety of musical styles within the wind band repertoire and seeks to enhance the development of individual performance in the areas of intonation, articulation, technical facility, and balance and blend within an ensemble. The ensemble meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in both the winter and spring terms. Membership is determined by audition with the director and the applied teacher early in the school year. Performances of the Symphonic Band have included concerts at both the North Carolina and South Carolina Music Educators Association conferences. The group performs two concerts per semester.