John Climer, conductor
The Wind Ensemble is the premier concert band in the Peck School of the Arts. Emphasizing the single performer concept, the Wind Ensemble uses only players needed for a given piece, thus providing the greatest exposure for the exceptional musician. Recognized for their innovative concert programming, the Wind Ensemble has received invitations to perform at national, regional and state music conferences. In March 2013, the ensemble was one of nine wind-bands selected to perform at the 2013 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). Held on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the program included music by Gunther Schuller, Alec Wilder, Donald Grantham, Carter Pann and Verne Reynolds. UWM faculty member Greg Flint was featured in a performance of Reynolds’ Last Scenes for Solo Horn and Wind Ensemble. During the 2012 concert season, the Wind Ensemble performed for the Wisconsin Music Educators Association with tuba soloist Matthew Gaunt. Also in 2012, the Wind Ensemble traveled by invitation to Central Michigan University where they performed for the North Central Regional Conference of CBDNA where trumpet professor Kevin Hartman premiered Jonathan Monhardt’s Concertino for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble.
Members of the Wind Ensemble have performed for a distinguished list of guest artists including composers Michael Colgrass, Vincent Persichetti, Karel Husa, Samuel Adler, Fisher Tull, John Mackey, Joseph Schwantner, Warren Benson and Ron Nelson. Noted conductors who have led performances include James Croft, Jack Delaney, Mark Scatterday, Craig Kirchoff, Lucian Calliet, and Colonel John R. Bourgeios among others. The Wind Ensemble regularly participates in commissions to support the creation of new works for wind band. Recent commissioning consortium projects include works by Joseph Schwantner and Andre Previn.
Other prominent invitations have included the 1981 National M.E.N.C. Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the 1983 National Conference of CBDNA in Atlanta, Georgia; the 1991 and 1994 North Central Divisional Conferences of CBDNA; and the Wisconsin Music Educators Conference in 1981, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2001 and 2004 and 2012. The Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band also appeared in a joint concert for the Ninth Annual Convention of the Australian Band and Orchestra Association’s Conference in Melbourne, Australia in 1996. Membership in the Wind Ensemble is open to all graduate and undergraduate students at the university. Auditions take place during the first week of the fall semester.
Visit our Graduate Assistantships page for information about the Graduate Wind Conducting Program and other Assistantships.
Listen to the Wind EnsembleListen to recent LIVE recordings of the Wind Ensemble
Bum's Rush (excerpt) - Donald Grantham
Live at the CBDNA National Conference, Greensboro, NC, March 2013
Bells for Stokowski (excerpts) - Michael Daugherty
In Wartime (excerpts) - David Del Tredici
Gazebo Dances (Tarantella) - John Corigliano
All rehearsals and performances take place in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard, Milwaukee).