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Bands: Wind Ensemble

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The Wind Ensemble, the premier concert band in the department, has performed regularly for convention-clinics of the Texas Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association. They have also performed for the National Association of Composers/USA, Texas Chapter, and the South Central Regional Music Conference in Monroe, LA.

The Wind Ensemble commissions new works from outstanding composers each year, and concerts often feature nationally known guest conductors and soloists. The Wind Ensemble meets the needs of students in the Music Education curriculum, using the literature of the ensemble to demonstrate teaching techniques.

The programming mission of the Wind Ensemble is five-fold:

  1. To perform the core repertoire for bands and winds, including chamber music.
  2. To perform new compositions, often premieres of works commissioned by SFA Bands.
  3. To perform with outstanding guest artists and our stellar faculty.
  4. To perform marches with respect for the history and legacy of the form and its inherent style.
  5. To round out programming with some of the finest transcription written for bands.

The Wind Ensemble meets Fall and Spring semesters. Extremely competitive auditions are held in late August for the Fall Semester and in November for the Spring Semester.