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.
All concerts in Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot CollegeFolklore
… our home and native land!
Thursday, November 30, 12:30 p.m.
Come and join us as we pay tribute to Canada’s diversity, trials, and triumphs. Along with the premiere of Professor Troy Ducharme’s transcription of Colin McPhee’s Balinese Ceremonial Music, the Wind Ensemble will perform Jonathan Dagenais’s homage to those lost during the 1989 École Polytechnique tragedy, as well as perform Estacio’s new work for band, Prairie Ride and Sunset.
Auprès de ma blonde, Milne, Ronald E.J.
Tabula Rasa “Life Without Limits”, MacDonald, Don/Hopkins, Mark
Balinese Ceremonial Music, McPhee, Colin/Ducharme, Troy
Polytechnique, Dagenais, Jonathan
Prairie Ride and Sunset, Estacio, John
Fact or Fiction?
Thursday, February 15, 12:30 p.m.
The Wind Ensemble’s first concert of the new year features Jess Turner’s programmatic work, Rumpelstilzchen, and James David’s work for wind ensemble with electronics, All Dark is Now No More: passacaglia canonico e granulare. The concert is rounded-out with wind band standards by Jack Stamp, Percy Aldridge Grainger and Leonard Bernstein.
Explorations: Recorded over three academic years, the latest recordings released by the Western University Wind Ensemble was produced by Mark Records. Available on iTunes.