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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.  In the Spring 2012, the Wind Ensemble gave the world premier of Conflict by Tarleton alum, Jordan Grelle (BA, '11).  The Wind Ensemble will premier Jordan Grelle's next composition as the lead consortium member during the Invitational Band Festival in 2013.

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, and Samuel R. Hazo (2013).   

During the Fall Semesters, the Wind Ensemble meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am-12:00pm.  In the Spring, the Wind Ensemble meets from 3-5pm with the Chamber Winds typically meeting from 4-5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.


2013-2014 Season

April 15, 2014
Carnegie Hall Preview Concert with Jazz I

Overture to Candide, Leonard Bernstein
*Spirits Rising, The Texan Rider , Charles Fernandez, World Premier in Carnegie Hall
*Fandango, Joseph Turrin
Urlicht, Mahler/Hanna
Tarleton Forever March, Joe Edwards/Pursell
Concerto for Four Percussion and Wind Ensemble, David Gillingham
*Wedding Dance, Jacques Press

*= Will be performed in Carnegie Hall but not on April 15.

2014-2015 Season

Wind Ensemble Concert #1
Nobue Matsuoka, percussion & Iwao Asakura, baritone (voice)
and the music of David Maslanka

October 7, 2014, 7:30 pm
Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium


Chamber Winds
featuring Dr. Leslie Spotz, piano

October 30, 2014, 7:30 pm
Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Adagio para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento, Joaquin Rodrigo
Piano Concerto #2 in c minor, Op. 18
, Sergei Rachmaninoff/Pursell

Wind Ensemble Concert #2
with guest composer, John Mackey

November 16, 2014, 4:00 pm
Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium


5th Annual Invitational Band Festival
with guest composer, Mark Camphouse

March 2-3, 2015
Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium


Chamber Winds & Wind Ensemble Concert

April 21, 2015
Clayde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium


Archives & Media

Wind Ensemble Archives
(2010-   )

Wind Ensemble performance of Eric Whitacre's The Seal Lullaby.  October 11, 2012

Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, April 7, 2014 (with Dr. Frank Tracz); Fernandez, Turrin, Gillingham, Press

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Fernandez, Gillingham, Mahler, Edwards

Friday, April 11, 2014 Fernandez, Gillingham, Turrin, Bernstein, Press, TBA

Monday, April 14, 2014 Run 4/15 concert program in order: Bernstein, Turrin, Mahler, Edwards, Gillingham

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Call = TBA (might need to run Gillingham with the quartet)

Wednesday, April 16 TBA; NYC Meeting at 5:30 (Band Hall)

Sunday, April 20 Meeting in Band Hall 2am!!!

The itinerary is posted on the Wind Ensemble Facebook group page.  Please email Dr. Pursell if you have trouble accessing the file.