The 60-member Wind Ensemble gives undergraduate and graduate wind and percussion players the chance to perform the finest wind literature; exploring both traditional compositions and cutting edge newly-composed works.
The group frequently welcomes guests artists of renown, such as soloist Adam Frey, euphonium; Jeff Nelson, French horn, of Canadian Brass; Mark Inouye, principal trumpeter of the San Francisco Symphony; and Gene Pokorny, principal tubist of the Chicago Symphony.
The Wind Ensemble has performed by invitation at many conferences, most recently in 2010 at the Utah Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association Conferences. In 2012, the Wind Ensemble will travel to Oregon and California to perform outreach concerts for area high schools, as part of its biennial tour.
Twice a year, the ensemble collaborates on concerts with area high schools, offering our students the opportunity to mentor younger musicians.