Yale Concert Band

Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director
Stephanie Hubbard, Business Manager

The Yale Concert Band, a group of 45-60 wind, brass, and percussion players, embraces the aesthetics of the traditional wind band and the contemporary experimental ensemble. Our repertoire consists of a panoply of wind band classics; premieres by and commissions of Yale students, faculty and established world-class composers; and the newest wind band literature that incorporates electro-acoustic sounds, folk/rock/hip hop music, soloists, and theatrical trappings.

The Yale Concert Band regularly presents concerts to benefit causes and organizations, ranging from benefit concerts to support the work of New Haven’s IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (2017, 2018, 2019); to provide aid to the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina (2005), floods in Myanmar (2007), tornadoes in the American midwest (2007), the earthquake in Haiti (2010), the tsunami in Japan (2011), and West African Ebola recovery efforts (2016).  In 1959, the Yale Concert Band became the first university band to produce an international concert tour, and, since then, has appeared in concerts in Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Mexico, Brazil, Bermuda, Russia, Finland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Ireland, England, France, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ghana, Haiti, Greece, and Australia. (The band’s spring 2020 tour to Germany was canceled due to COVID-19, but plans for a May 2023 tour to Cuba are in progress).

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January 19, 2023 - 

The Yale Concert Band’s next concert is on Friday, February 10, 2023, at 7:30 PM in Woolsey Hall.  Thomas C. Duffy, Music Director. Program: “Afro-Cuban Suite” [world premiere] (Jeff Fuller), “Amen” (Carlos Simon), “Serenade in Eb Major, Op. 7” (Richard Strauss), “Shades of Red” [Mellophone Concerto] (Ryan J. Williams) feat. Kate Warren YSM ’23, mellophone. Kelly Watkins (Director-Eastern CT State University Concert Band), guest conductor: “Bright Shadow Fanfare” (Nicole Piunno) and “On This Bright Morning” (David Maslanka); Catherine Zhang SM ’24, guest conductor: “Rocketship!” (Kevin Day). Free/no tickets required. (Masks required, please carry proof of vaccination).

Check out the FAQ for a basic idea as to who we are and what we do.  If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to email the director, the business manager, or any of band’s student officers.

Alumni: Visit the Alumni page for more information.