The Miami University Wind Ensemble

The Miami University Wind Ensemble is comprised of the fifty finest wind and percussion performers on campus. Utilizing the player pool concept, the ensemble performs traditional wind band literature, chamber music, and new works entering the repertoire. The ensemble has won praise from many composers for performances or their music, including: Michael Colgrass, John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, Karel Husa, Leslie Bassett, Verne Reynolds, Daron Aric Hagen and Aldolphus Hailstork, to name a few. The ensemble has performed for the College Band Directors National Association in 1994, 1998, 2006, and at the national conference in 1999; for the Ohio Music Education Association in 1990, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2010. At the inaugural Atlanta International Band and Orchestra Conference in 1996, and at the MENC North Central Division/Michigan Instrumental Music conference in 2005. A unique guest conductor residency program has allowed the ensemble to work with some of the finest conductors in the world, including Frederick Fennell, H. Robert Reynolds, Eugene Corporon, Richard Floyd, Michael Haithcock, Jerry Junkin and Robert Ponto. Commitment to new music is also a vital part of the ensemble's mission, having joined commissioning consortia for works by John Harbison, Lukas Foss, Joan Tower, Joseph Schwantner, Michael Torke, Richard Danielpour, Daron Eric Hagen, Chen Yi among many others. True to the spirit of an outstanding liberal arts university, the ensemble is open to students of all disciplines by audition each semester.