The Northwest Wind Symphony, conducted by Mr. John Bell, is the premiere wind band at Northwest. This ensemble performs the best standard selections from all styles and periods, in addition to recent repertoire for wind band. This ensemble has premiered new works and regularly performs with guest soloists and conductors. The Wind Symphony has been selected by peer review to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) Conference/Clinic, The Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) Conference/Clinic. In 2017, the Wind Symphony was selected by a College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) peer review committee as one of ten band programs in the United States recognized as an exemplary collegiate Small Band Program.
Membership in the Wind Symphony is not limited to music majors, with personnel representing a wide variety of major areas of concentration across campus. Students audition for selection to the ensemble just prior to the beginning of the academic school year. Audition music is usually posted on this website by July 15th preceding the start of first term.