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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 (January 27, 2020)
The Garden of Earthly Delights
Ballet in Three Acts
Leroy Osmon’s The Garden of Earthly Delights is our composition of the week.
The ballet consists of an “Introduction,” three “Acts” (each having four “Scenes”) and an “Interlude” before “Act III.” The scenario is from the Hieronymus Bosch 1504 painting which came to be known as “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” The music is a graphic representation of the Bosch painting and follows the same biblical narrative.
Although historians and critics may very well have interpreted the painting as a didactic warning on the perils of life’s torments of damnation, Leroy Osmon viewed the painting as a representation of a true garden of earthly delights, representing a musical panorama of the perfect liberty of a lost paradise.
The work has three direct references to Ravel, as well as brief moments from other composers (Ives, Grainger, Alwyn and Revueltas, among others) that have inspired and lead Osmon during his journey as a composer.
The Garden of Earthly Delights was premiered in Xalapa, Veracruz, México under Cesar Amora Aguilar, to whom the ballet is dedicated. It also received its American première at the 2015 WASBE Conference in San José, California, on July 13, 2015.
The ballet is published by RBC Publications of San Antonio, Texas, and has a duration of about 55 minutes. “The Garden of Earthly Delights” is very unique, being one of the rare ballets composed for full symphonic band.
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COMPOSITION OF THE WEEK (January 20, 2020)

Circus Suite

Frigyes Hidas’s Circus Suite is our Composition of the Week!

Written in 6 short movements
I. Entry Music - II.Clowns - III. Rope Dancer - IV. Juggler - V. Trapeze Artist - VI. Finale,
the music is programmatic, light and charming, yet challenging for a good school band or an ambitious community band, through many solo passages and transparent textures.
Circus Suite has a duration of about 16 minutes, uses a standard instrumentation and its difficulty is between grades 4 and 5. “Circus Suite is a musical voyage in an evening performance. The first movement, Entry Music, the proud parade of performers promenade before the audience. Clowns, the second movement is filled with the colors of jocularity through the excursions of the clowns. The Rope Dancer movement is a very graceful high-wire act depicted by the euphonium solo. A technical interesting act for the clarinets is found in The Juggler movement. An exciting and breathtaking fifth movement shows the Trapeze Artist at his high point in a successful Salto Mortale. On the finale we revisit the parade of performers as this great circus night ends.” Program Notes by WASBE

Frigyes Hidas (25 May 1928, Budapest, Hungary - 7 March 2007, Budapest) was a Hungarian composer.
Hidas studied composition at the Budapest Academy of Music with János Viski and conducting with László Somogyi. He composed in a musical language that was always easily approachable but never undemanding, with great professional erudition. Hidas explored every genre: opera, ballet, oratorio, a mass, two requiems, a symphony, numerous concertos, chamber and solo pieces, film music and above all, chamber music for brass instruments and works for wind ensemble and concert band - the latter made his name known and respected worldwide.
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Traffic at the WASBE booth at the IBK in Ulm, Germany. Come and say hello! #wasbe #ibk ...

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New Literature Reading Session at the IBK in Ulm, Germany (
WASBE Board Member Miguel Etchegoncelay is presenting new literature at a medium level for bands.
Sunday, January 19, 10:30-12:00 am, Edwin-Scharff-Haus, Ulm, Germany
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WASBE at the IBK in Ulm, Germany (
WASBE Executive Director Markus Mauderer is talking about the latest WASBE projects.
Sunday, January 19, 9:00-10:00 am, Edwin-Scharff-Haus, Ulm, Germany
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New Literature Reading Session at the IBK in Ulm, Germany (
WASBE Board Member Franco Hänle is presenting new literature at a medium level for bands.
Saturday, January 18, 10:30-12:00 am, Edwin-Scharff-Haus, Ulm, Germany
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