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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.


Sunday, October 4, 2015 - Wind Ensemble Family Weekend & Charity Concert


2015-2016 Season

Wind Ensemble Charity Concert
Family Weekend Concert

Sunday, October 4, 2015 @ 3pm
Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Monument, Michael Kurek
October, Eric Whitacre
Capriccio Espagnol, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov/Mark Hindsley
The Firebird, Igor Stravinsky/Earles, Fennell

Chamber Winds ~ Chamber Ensembles Concert

Monday, November 9 2015 @ 7:30pm
Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Overture for Winds, Felix Mendelssohn/Boyd [Original 11-member ensemble]

Wind Ensemble Etude Day Finale Concert
Featuring Tarleton Faculty & Student Soloists

Sunday, November 15, 2015 @ 4pm
Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Aegean Festival Overture, Andreas Makris/Maj. Albert Bader
TBA, Dr. Dmytro Perevertailenko, Clarinet
Fear Strikes Out, Michael Schelle, Dr. William Haugeberg, Trombone
Black Rainbows, Nathan Daugherty
Spirits Rising: The Texan Rider, Charles Fernandez

Sixth Annual Invitational Band Festival
Featuring Composer-in-Residence, Robert Sheldon

Tuesday-Wednesday, March 22-23, 2016
Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert, Tuesday, March 22 @ 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Wind Ensemble Finale Concert
Music Influenced by Literature & Art

Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 3pm
Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Romeo & Juliet, Overture - Fantasy, Peter Tchaikovsky/Mark Hindsley
Monk by the Sea, Michael Markowski
TBA, Student Concerto Winner