Welcome to WASBE


World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) is the only international organization of wind band conductors, composers, performers, publishers, teachers, instrument makers and friends of wind music. It is the only organization completely dedicated to enhancing the quality of the wind band throughout the world and exposing its members to new worlds of repertoire, musical culture, people and places. WASBE is a non-profit international association open to all individuals, institutions and industries interested in symphonic wind bands and wind ensembles.


When we become a part of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles family, our world becomes smaller, we have more direct access to wind band people, traditions, styles, literature, and performance practices previously beyond our reach.

  • International focus – our members come from across the globe

  • Musical education – we encourage learning and growth

  • People & Music not profits – WASBE is a non-profit association


WASBE is a non-profit international association open to all individuals, institutions and industries interested in symphonic wind bands and wind ensembles as serious and distinctive mediums of musical expression and cultural heritage. WASBE has a membership of over 1000 individuals and organizations in more than 50 countries from throughout the world. The official language of WASBE is English and all official WASBE business is transacted in this language.

  • promote symphonic bands and wind ensembles as serious and distinctive mediums of musical expression and cultural heritage
  • assist in all ways possible the development of band activities throughout the world
  • encourage the international exchange of conductors, teachers, students, and composers
  • help others recognize the importance of the symphonic wind band and the wind ensemble for international and national communication and understanding
  • encourage the composition of band literature of excellence that reflects national heritages and transcends international boundaries

Joining WASBE is easy. Just click on JOIN at the top of the HOME page of this website and go from there. Compared to many national wind band associations, the dues are extremely reasonable.

As a member of WASBE, you will:
• receive an electronic version of the WASBE World magazine (quarterly) and WASBE Journal (annually) and have the opportunity to submit articles and research papers.
• receive the WASBE ePostcard on a regular basis.
• have access to a downloadable directory of WASBE members from over 50 nations.
• have immediate access to current information on wind band activities around the world on the WASBE website including news about world premieres, conducting seminars, upcoming events, upcoming concerts to be streamed, and other important international developments.
• have access to the WASBE Repertoire List on the website that has been submitted by members for your professional benefit and you will be able to propose other works to be included.
• have links to many repertoire resources and website links to wind band composers.
• be invited to participate in both regional and international WASBE conferences at which the world’s finest wind bands and ensembles may be heard, an extensive music industry exhibition may be visited, and lectures, workshops, master classes and panel discussions may be attended.

COMPOSITION OF THE WEEK (February 22, 2021)

ALAN HOVHANESS (1911 - 2000)

SYMPHONY No. 17; Op. 203 “for Metal Orchestra”


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COMPOSITION OF THE WEEK (February 15, 2021)

STEVEN STUCKY (1949 - 2016)

For Solo Cello and Orchestral Winds


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WASBE members enjoy the quartely published WASBE World Magazine. The current issue includes articles by Douglas Bostock, Alberto Roque, Emily Moss, Francis Pieters and many many more. Login and download your copy!
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La Bacchetta d'Oro" International Band Competition

The Unione Musicale Ciociara announces an Original Composition Award for Band aimed at providing the Obligatory Pieces to be performed in the context of the XXII "La Bacchetta d'Oro" International Band Competition , 7 and 8 May 2022.
More information on https://wasbe.org/la-bacchetta-doro-international-band-competition

WASBE Worldwide Winds Video No. 9, February 2021 (Björn Bus, Netherlands)
○ Interview with Dutch composer Johan de Meij about the influence of COVID-19 on his work.
○ Interview and presentation about Symphony Nr. 5 “Return to Middle Earth”
○ YOUTUBE LINK HERE https://youtu.be/WoYIEL5kErI
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COMPOSITION OF THE WEEK (February 8, 2021)

HANS GÁL (1890 - 1987)

For Wind Octet


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Become a Member Today

Members receive a host of benefits by joining the WASBE community, including:

  • Exclusive Access to the Member Directory

  • Electronic Magazine and Journal Editions

You Make it Possible!

WASBE is a non-profit organization. Our events and service are only possible with the support of donations and volunteers