One of the outstanding college bands in the northwestern United States, the Whitworth Wind Symphony has appeared in concert at numerous regional conferences, including those of the Washington Music Educators Association and the Western/Northwestern region of the College Band Directors National Association. The wind symphony has toured throughout the western United States and in Hawaii, Costa Rica and Thailand, and has released five compact disc recordings. The wind symphony was recently showcased by CBDNA as one of the most outstanding small college bands in the nation, and in March 2020, the ensemble will appear in concert at the Western/Northwestern Region CBDNA Conference. Immediately following that performance, the wind symphony will undertake the first concert tour by a Whitworth music ensemble of China, presenting concerts in Beijing, Guilin and Chengdu.
As the university's select auditioned wind and percussion ensemble, the wind symphony performs outstanding traditional and contemporary literature for concert band and wind ensemble, and presents several concerts on and off campus throughout the year. The wind symphony has been active in commissioning new works and collaborating with composers around the world, including David Maslanka, James David, Greg Youtz, Michael Young and Robert Spittal. The ensemble is open by audition to all Whitworth University students in any major who are woodwind, brass, percussion or string bass musicians.
The Whitworth Concert Band is open to all students without audition. It is especially designed for the student who wants to continue to play in band at Whitworth, but who is unable to make the larger commitment to the wind symphony. No audition is required to play in concert band, and the prerequisite for concert band is participation in high school band at least through the junior year, or permission from the conductor. The concert band performs once on campus each semester, and rehearses on Mondays from 6:30-9 p.m.