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

Wind Ensemble

Five students stand together holding brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.
Event Status
Scheduled
Sep. 26, 2021, 4 - 5:30 pm

Andrew Blair | anti-FANFARE  

Jack Frerer | Zoom  

Omar Thomas | Of Our New Day Begun  

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Wind Ensemble

Portrait of Gabriela Lena Frank
Event Status
Scheduled
Oct. 24, 2021, 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Valerie Coleman | Fanfare for Uncommon Times 

Kevin Day | Concerto for Wind Ensemble

Gabriela Lena Frank | Requiem for a Magical America:
El Día de los Muertos  

Wind Ensemble

Four students wearing black hold wind and brass instruments.
Event Status
Scheduled
Nov. 21, 2021, 4 - 5 pm

Shostakovich | Festive Overture 

Franz Krommer | Octet Partita in F

Aram Khachaturian | Adagio from Spartacus 

Karel Husa | Music for Prague 1968  

Wind Ensemble & Wind Symphony

A black man wearing glasses holds a trumpet.
Event Status
Scheduled
Feb. 9, 2022, 7:30 - 9 pm
Featuring Billy Hunter, trumpet

Omar Thomas | The Low-Down Brown Get-Down  

Alexander Arutiunian | Trumpet Concerto  

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Wind Ensemble

Four students wearing black hold wind and brass instruments.
Event Status
Scheduled
Mar. 30, 2022, 7:30 - 9 pm
John Williams 90th Birthday

Overture to The Cowboys 

Music from Star Wars, E.T., Hook

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Wind Ensemble

A man wearing a black turtle neck smiles at the camera.
Event Status
Scheduled
Apr. 20, 2022, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Featuring Scott Piper, tenor

Erik Santos | The Seer  

Jennifer Higdon | Blue Cathedral 

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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 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

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

17/18

Paul Dooley
Masks and Machines

George Gershwin
Strike Up the Band Overture
Rhapsody in Blue
Cuban Overture
Catfish Row

Morton Gould
American Salute

Howard Hanson
Symphony No. 2

Gustav Holst
First Suite for Military Band

John Mackey
Fanfare for Full Fathom Five
The Frozen Cathedral
Antique Violences, Concerto for Trumpet

David Maslanka
Symphony No. 4
Angel of Mercy

Ron Nelson
Resonances I

Judith Shatin
Being in Time

Ottorino Respighi
The Fountains of Rome

Adam Schoenberg
Finding Rothko

Fank Ticheli
Silver Lining: Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble

John Williams
Escapades from Catch Me if you Can 

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