Wind Ensemble

Stephen W. Pratt

Chair, Department of Bands
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Fall 2015 Concerts:
  • Wednesday September 30 Auer Hall 8:00
  • Tuesday November 3 Musical Arts Center (MAC) 8:00
  • Friday November 6 Auer Hall 8:00 Midwest Composers Symposium
  • Wednesday November 18 Auer Hall 2:30 (graduate wind conducting recital)


On Tuesday March 8, 2016, the Wind Ensemble will perform a special concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Indiana University Wind Ensemble is one of the premier ensembles in the Jacobs School of Music and one of the finest in the nation. The ensemble performs the most outstanding literature of the wind band medium including music for both chamber winds and large ensemble. The IU Wind Ensemble has had the opportunity to premier many works for wind band by leading composers. The Wind Ensemble has performed many times at national and international venues, including appearances at the American Bandmasters Association national convention, the Japan Bandmasters Association convention, the College Band Directors National Association divisional and national conventions, the Music Educators National Conference national convention, and Indiana Music Educators Association conferences, as well as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. The Wind Ensemble performed at the 2008 MENC National Convention in Milwaukee (WI), at the 2010 CBDNA North Central Division Convention in Normal (IL), and at the 2012 ABA Annual Convention in Indianapolis (IN).

Soloists with the group have included Kevin Bobo, marimba; Bruce Bransby, double bass; James Campbell, clarinet; Chih-Yi Chen, piano; Anthony Cirone, timpani; Peter Ellefson, trombone; Don Freund, piano; Ashley Garritson, cello; Brian Horne, tenor; Steve Houghton, percussion; Carl Lenthe, trombone; William Ludwig, bassoon; Kathryn Lukas, flute; Sylvia McNair, soprano; Steven Mead, euphonium; Otis Murphy, saxophone; Jeffrey Nelsen, horn; Daniel Perantoni, tuba; John Rommel, trumpet; Jonathan Ruck, cello; M. Dee Stewart, trombone; Linda Strommen, oboe; John Tafoya, timpani; Joey Tartell, trumpet; and Thomas Walsh, saxophone. The group has recently premiered works by James Beckel, William Bolcom, Eric Ewazen, Don Freund, David Maslanka, Cindy McTee, André Previn, Joel Puckett, Chris Rutkowski, John Stevens, Kevin Walczyk, and David Ward-Steinman.

Former members of the Wind Ensemble are currently performing in many of the leading professional orchestras of the world as well as the top United States military bands. Others are faculty members in college and university music departments across the nation or distinguish themselves by teaching music in the public schools.


Meeting Times: 2:30-3:45 daily.
Conductor: Professor Stephen W. Pratt, Director of Bands
Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.