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Wind Ensemble & Chamber Winds

Dr. Anthony Pursell, Conductor


The Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble are the premier wind bands at Tarleton State.  Both ensembles are conducted by Dr. Anthony Pursell, Director of Bands.

Membership is selected by audition from among the finest wind and percussion players at the university. Both ensembles perform diverse repertoire of the highest caliber. The Wind Ensemble has a strong commitment to new music as well as to the finest standard band repertoire. This ensemble has a tradition of excellence and commissions new works for band and hosts outstanding composers, conductors, and soloists.  The Wind Ensemble has participated in consortiums with universities from around the country to commission new works by several composers including: Kevin Walczyk, David Avshalomov, and Michael Schelle.  The Wind Ensemble gave the world premier of Conflict and From a Whisper by Tarleton alum, Jordan Grelle (BA, '11).  In April 2014, the Wind Ensemble also gave the world premier of Charles Fernandez's Spirits Rising, The Texan Rider at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

During the Invitational Band Festival, the Wind Ensemble concludes the festival with the composer-in-residence conducting a concert of his/her own works.  Guest conductors have included: Col. John R. Bourgeois, Frank Ticheli, Samuel R. Hazo, David R. Holsinger, Mark Camphouse, and Robert Sheldon (2016).

During the Fall Semesters, both ensembles meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am-11:50am.  In the Spring, the Wind Ensemble meets from 3-5pm with the Chamber Winds periodically meeting from 4-5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.


2016-2017 Season


October 4, 2016

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The Circus Band, Charles Ives

Symphony in Bb, Paul Hindemith

The Thunderer, John Phillip Sousa

Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa, mvt #2, "After the Thunderer", Ira Hearshen

Dreamland, Michael Markowski

Jidai, Stephen Melillo

November 20, 2016

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Moorside March, Gustav Holst (Brass Ensemble)

Variation on "America", Charles Ives

The Soaring Hawk, Timothy Mahr

Meridian, Ola Gjeilo

Prism Rhapsody II for Two Marimbas, Keiko Abe

The Purple Pageant, Karl King

Invitational Band Festival VII

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April 20, 2017

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The Statue, Charles Fernandez

Danzon No. 2, Arturo Marquez