Tarleton State Bands
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.
October 10, 2013
No Strings Attached
Orchestral Transcriptions for Wind Band
Festive Overture, Dmitri Shostakovich/TBA
Urlicht, Gustav Mahler/Hanna
Symphony #1 in d minor, op. 13, mvt IV, Allegro con fuoco, Sergei Rachmaninoff/Hanna
Symphony #9 in e minor, From the New World, Antonin Dvorak/Hindsley
November 17, 2013
Third Annual Multimedia Concert
An Exploration of Art & the World
Elegy for a Young American, Ronald Lo Presti
March 28-29, 2014
Tarleton Invitational Band Festival IV
With David Holsinger
Candide, Leonard Bernstein
Liturgical Dances, David Holsinger
April 15, 2014
Carnegie Hall Preview Concert with Jazz I
TBA, Charles Fernandez, World Premier in Carnegie Hall
*Overture to Candide, Leonard Bernstein
Hymn to a Blue Hour, John Mackey
Fandango, Joseph Turrin
Tarleton Forever March, Joe Edwards/Pursell
Concerto for Four Percussion and Wind Ensemble, David Gillingham
*Liturgical Dances, David Holsinger
*= Will be performed in Carnegie Hall but not on April 15.