Stephen W. Pratt
Chair, Department of Bands
Fall 2014 Concerts:
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 chamber winds through 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 recently at the MENC National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2008, at the CBDNA North Central Division Convention in Normal, Illinois, in 2010, and at the ABA Annual Convention in Indianapolis in 2012.
Recent soloists with the group include 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, 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.