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Wind Ensemble

The University of Texas Wind Ensemble is one of America’s elite wind bands. Commissioning new music since 1988, the group has offered world premiere performances of works by composers such as John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Donald Grantham, David Maslanka, and Omar Thomas.

The Wind Ensemble made its international debut in 1991 at the Fifth Conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Manchester, England, and its national debut in 1998 at Carnegie Hall in New York.

In addition to serving as noted educators and conductors, graduates of The University of Texas Wind Ensemble hold major positions in each of the Washington D.C.-based military bands as well as major symphony orchestras throughout the world.

Jerry Junkin

Director, The University of Texas Wind Ensemble

Vincent R. DiNino Chair for the Director of Bands
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Division Head, Conducting and Ensembles

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Wind Ensemble is made up primarily of elite performers from the Butler School but is open to students university-wide by audition.

 

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Course

UNDERGRADUATE ENS 103W 
GRADUATE ENS 183W

M-W-F, 12–2p  
MRH 2.114

 


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Concerto for Soprano Sax and Wind Ensemble
by John Mackey
Jerry F. Junkin, conductor
Stephen Page, soprano sax
excerpt

Bates Recital Hall
Austin, TX

Upcoming Performances

Five students stand together holding brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.
Event Status
Scheduled
January 29, 2023, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Ogechi Ukazu, guest conductor
Epoch Percussion Quartet

Holst
Jupiter from The Planets

Psathas
Orbital

Giroux
The Big Blue Marble

Five students stand together holding brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.
Event Status
Scheduled
February 26, 2023, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Michael Lebrias, guest conductor
 

Grantham
Southern Harmony 

Márquez 
Danzón No. 2

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A Portrait of Bion Tsang with his Cello
Event Status
Scheduled
April 8, 2023, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Tyler Ehrlich, guest conductor
Bion Tsang, cello

Boulanger
D'un matin de printemps 

Respighi
Feste Romane  

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Recordings

“The skilled and enthusiastic playing of the young performers leaps off the disc…they make a glorious noise.” 

The New York Times 
   on Bells for Stokowski

Album artwork for Migration

Migration

Music of Schoenberg, Corigliano, Jolley, Montague
2022 • Reference

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Album cover; a dark blue sea scape at sunset

Wine Dark Sea

Music of Mackey, Welcher, Grantham, Ticheli
2016 • Reference 

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album cover: a rock casts a shadow over the landscape beneath a starry sky

shadow of Sirius

With Marianne Gedigian, flute
Music of Bryant, Puckett, Mackey
2015 • Naxos

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album cover: an abstract painting of yellow and blue hues on a black background

Starry Crown

Music of Sweelinck, Maslanka, Rouse, Husa, Grantham
2013 • Longhorn Music

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Bells for Stokowski abstract album cover

Bells for Stokowski

2004 • Reference

Golden Ear Award, Absolute Sound
Best of Classical 2004, New York Times

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album cover: artistically rendered title

Circus Maximus

Music of John Corigliano
2007 • Naxos

Golden Tuning Fork Award, Diapason d'or, France

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Appearances

National

College Band Directors National Association Conference
1995 • 1999 • 2005 • 2009

American Bandmasters Association 
1996 • 2000 • 2009

Regional

College Band Directors National Association
1989

Texas Music Educators Association
1990 • 1994 • 1998 • 2002 • 2006 • 2010 • 2014

International

SUMMER 2008 7-day European Tour
England 
Luxembourg 
Switzerland 
Austria 
Spain 

 

SUMMER 2014 four-week World Tour 
Honolulu
Okazaki City 
Tokyo 
Taipei 
Hong Kong 
Macau 
Shenzhen 
Beijing 
London

 

Visiting Artists & Residencies

John Adams
Samuel Adler
William Bolcom
Michael Colgrass
John Corigliano
David Del Tredici
Jacob Druckman
Daniel Godfrey
John Harbison
Karel Husa
William Kraft
David Maslanka
Thea Musgrave
Hila Plitmann
Gunther Schuller

Joseph Shwartner
Stephen Stucky
Joan Tower

Photo mosaic of recent visiting artists

Previous Seasons

21/22

Andrew Blair
perdid

Valerie Coleman
Fanfare for Uncommon Times

Viet Cuong
Moxie

Kevin Day
Concerto for Wind Ensemble

Roger Dickerson
Essay for Band

Jack Frerer
Zoom

Jennifer Higdon
Blue Cathedral

Aram Khachaturian
Spartacus: Adagio for Spartacus and Phrygia

Henry Purcell
Funeral Music for Queen Mary

Ottorino Respighi
The Pines of Rome

Dimitri Shostakovich
Festive Overture, Op. 96

Richard Strauss
Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare

Omar Thomas
Of Our New Day Begun
The Low-Down Brown Get-Down

John Williams
Superman March
Adventures of Earth from E.T.
The Cowboys Overture
The Flight To Neverland from Hook 
Excerpts from Star Wars

 

 

 

19/20

Nabil Abad
Discord

Michael Barry
The Native Inhabitants of the World of San Pateo

Roger Briggs
Concerto for Saxophone Ensemble & Wind Ensemble

Anna Clyne
Masquerade

Aaron Copland
Quiet City

John Corigliano  
Mr. Tambourine Man

Michael Daugherty  
Songs from a Silent Land

Jack Frerer  
On-Again, Off-Again

Donald Grantham  
Symphony No. 2

Percy Grainger  
Lincolnshire Posey

Cem Güven
Ileri

Zoltán Kodály  
Háry János: Suite

John Mackey  
Places we Can No Longer Go

David Maslanka  
Symphony No. 10

Jake Runestad  
Rivers of Air

Joan Tower  
Third Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

Xi Wang
Winter Blossoms

 

18/19

Leonard Bernstein
Slava! A Political Overture
On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
Symphonic Suite from On The Waterfront

William Bolcom
Concerto for Clarinet

Andrew Boss
In Adventu Finalem (Symphony No. 3)

Peter Boyer
Curtain Raiser

Viet Cuong
Re(new)al

Giovanni Gabrieli
Canzon per sonar primi toni No. 1

Peter Meechan
Renaissance of Wonder
Soliloquies from a Quiet Place

W.A. Mozart
Serenade No. 10, Gran Partita K.370a

Óscar Navarro
Concerto for Oboe and Wind Band, Legacy

Omar Thomas
Come Sunday

Michael Udow
Mountain Myths

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