Evolving from the Symphonic Band, the Western University Wind Ensemble was established by Jerome Summers in the 1980s. Acknowledged as one of the finest wind bands in Canada, the Wind Ensemble is indebted to the leadership of past conductors: Donald McKellar, James Ford, Charles Dalkert, Wayne Jeffrey, Jerome Summers, David McKinney, and Gary McCumber. With the appointment of Dr. Colleen Richardson, in 2006, the Wind Ensemble continues its journey towards excellence in performance and wind band education.
The Wind Ensemble is open to all Western Students. An audition is required for participation. Repertoire is selected from standard wind ensemble literature, works for chamber ensembles, transcriptions, concerti, and contemporary works. Although core repertoire is the largest programming component, ensemble members will periodically be exposed to iconic wind chamber music, ranging from the antiphonal music of Gabrieli or Classical Period Harmonie music, to the masterpieces of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Transcriptions are an important part of the history of the band, especially within the military and professional band traditions, and these are honored through the performance of selected works. Concerti feature faculty, guests, or students. Students are selected through a competitive process.
Audition required. Open to all Western students. Complete information and audition excerpts can be found here.
All wind, brass and percussion students planning to audition for this ensemble should complete and bring this form to their audition.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
Friday, October 21, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Ancient Murmurings: For the Wind Ensemble's first concert of the season, come and hear the murmurings of Kabalevsky, Bryant, Schwantner, and Daugherty, as well as Dello Joio's tribute to Haydn.
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
Let us sing; Let us dance: The Wind Ensemble's second concert of the season features works inspired by song and dance. The program includes Oscar Navarro's Latin American fusion; a song by Percy Aldridge Grainger; a courtly dance with Benjamin Britten; and a Yiddish party hosted by Adam Gorb.
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Vignettes: The first concert of the new year features Dr. Jana Starling, Associate Professor of Clarinet at Western, performing Dana Wilson's klezmer-inspired Liquid Ebony. In addition to Dr. Starling's clarinet calisthenics, the program offers evocative glimpses of blue lakes, cathedrals, historic trains, and a procession in Seville.
Friday, March 31, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
American Tapestry: Celebrate the Wind Ensemble’s final concert of the season, which pays tribute to the interweaving of American history and culture. The program features masterworks by Ives, Copland, and Stamp, as well as Maslanka's tour-de-force, Symphony No. 4.
Explorations: Recorded over three academic years, the latest recordings released by the Western University Wind Ensemble was produced by Mark Records. Available on iTunes.