The Duke University Wind Symphony has a long tradition of leadership in the college band field. It is composed largely of non-majors (both undergraduate and graduate) who wish to challenge themselves by performing the finest wind ensemble literature at a high level of artistry. The Wind Symphony gives at least four formal concerts each year, in addition to the annual Parent's weekend concert in the Duke Chapel. The Wind Symphony’s repertoire explores musical styles from the Medieval Period to the 21st Century. Programs feature chamber works and pieces that employ the lush sonorities of the large symphonic ensemble, and such composers as Susato, Bach, Mozart, Holst, Grainger, Sousa, Ives, Gershwin, as well as those writing for the medium today are represented. Each year the Duke University Wind Symphony premieres works by Duke composition students. The ensemble collaborates frequently with guest soloists, guest conductors as well as other ensembles. Recent guest soloists include Susan Fancher, Joseph Robinson, The John Brown Jazz Trio, The North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble.
The Wind Symphony's rich tradition of excellence extends beyond the Duke campus, as evidenced by the long-standing participation and support from valued community members within its ranks, as well as performances at various community venues, such as annual Christmas concerts at area retirement centers.
Dr. Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant has been director of the Wind Symphony since Fall 2009.