Western University Wind Ensemble

Conductor: Colleen Richardson

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.

View course outline for more information or visit the MPS general ensemble information page.

The 2017/2018 Concert Season:

All concerts in Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Friday, October 20, 8:00 p.m.
Join us for the story-telling prowess of Dutch composer Johan de Meij, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, and Spanish composer Luis Serrano Alarcón, as well as Canadian composers Howard Cable and Robert Buckley.

Gandolf, de Meij, Johan
Serenity, Gjeilo, Ola/Wilson, Eric
Newfoundland Rhapsody, Cable, Howard
Duende: Four Preludes for Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Alarcón, Luis Serrano
Allegro giusto
Cadenza a piacere; molto sentito – Lento evocative
Tempo de Bulería
Free Running, Buckley, Robert

… 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.

Gavorkna Fanfare, Stamp, Jack
All Dark is Now No More: Passacaglia canonico e granulare, David, James
Gum Suckers March, Grainger, Percy Aldridge/Rogers, Mark
Rumpelstilzchen, Turner, Jess
I. Spinning Straw into Gold
II. Night “The Maiden’s Lament”
III. Rumpelstilzchen’s Furiant
Slava, Bernstein, Leonard/Grundman, Clare
Meditation and Exaltation
Friday, April 6, 8:00 p.m.
Please come and celebrate the Wind Ensemble’s final concert of the season. The program includes the meditative sounds of Mackey’sHymn to a Blue Hourand Ito’s Gregorian chant basedGloriosa, as well as exuberant works by Bozza, Wilson, and Grainger.

Children’s Overture, Bozza, Eugene
Hymn to a Blue Hour, Mackey, John
Dance of the New World, Wilson, Dana
Gum Suckers March, Grainger, Percy Aldridge/Rogers, Mark
Gloriosa, Ito, Yasuhide
Dies Festus


explorations cd

Explorations: Recorded over three academic years, the latest recordings released by the Western University Wind Ensemble was produced by Mark Records. Available on iTunes.

apparitions cd

Apparitions by the Western University Wind Ensemble is on Albany Records and available at Amazon.ca and iTunes.