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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble

UW-Milwaukee Wind Ens

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.  Members of the Wind Ensemble have performed for a distinguished list of guest conductors, composers and soloists including Vincent Persichetti, Karel Husa, Samuel Adler, Fisher Tull, John Mackey, Joseph Schwantner, Warren Benson, Michael Colgrass 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. 

Recognized for their innovative programming, the Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform for a number of prestigious conferences including 16th International Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in San Jose, CA (July 2015) and the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) in Greensboro, NC (2013). This concert featured works by Gunther Schuller, Alec Wilder, Carter Pann, Donald Grantham and included a performance of Verne Reynold’s Last Scenes for Solo Horn and Wind Ensemble with UW-Milwaukee horn professor Greg Flint. The group also performed for the 2012 Wisconsin State Music Conference in Madison, WI and the 2012 CBDNA regional conference at Central Michigan University where they premiered faculty composer Jonathan Monhardt’s Concertino for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble with trumpet professor Kevin Hartman.

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.

The wind ensemble is excited to welcome internationally renowned composer Joseph Schwantner for a residency in March of 2016.

Membership in the Wind Ensemble is open by audition to all graduate and undergraduate students at the university. Auditions take place during the first week of fall semester.

Visit our Graduate Assistantships page for information about the Graduate Wind Conducting Program and other Assistantships.

Listen to the Wind Ensemble

Listen 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

Rehearsal Schedule:

Monday, 12:00-1:50pm
Wednesday, 12:00-1:50pm
Friday, 1:00-1:50pm

All rehearsals and performances take place in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard, Milwaukee).