Conducted by Dr. Christopher Chapman, the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble is a 43-member ensemble that features the most outstanding brass, woodwind, and percussion players on campus.
The focus of this ensemble is to explore new literature and perform the masterworks of the wind band ensemble genre. The group's latest commissions and consortium partnerships include works by award winning composers Billy Childs, Dana Reason, Kevin Walczyk, Gregory Youtz, Michael Coolen, DJ Sparr, James Mobberly, Dan Welcher and David Gillingham. Recent concerts have included numerous pieces of original music for wind ensemble by prominent wind band composers. The OSU Wind Ensemble’s reputation of excellence extends well beyond campus. Recent performances have included a concert tour in Japan; the College Band Directors National Association West/Northwest conference in Reno, Nevada; the All-Northwest Music Educators conference in Portland, Oregon; the Oregon Music Educators Conference in Eugene, Oregon; and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The group is currently working on its second commercial recording project with Mark Records. The CD will be available in spring 2014 and will be available at Amazon.com or at Wind Ensemble concerts on the OSU campus.
Open to all OSU students, auditions are held prior to the start of the academic year. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Captain Beard Band Hall in historic Benton Hall. The course number is 150/350/550 section 1.