The UNC Greensboro Wind Ensemble is a highly select concert band of fifty performers majoring in music at the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts. Performers range from freshmen through masters and doctoral candidates in music performance and music education. Membership in the organization is highly competitive. These students have achieved numerous individual honors including solo competition awards on regional and national levels, music scholarships, undergraduate teaching fellowships, graduate assistantships and fellowships, and membership in honors ensembles. Former members of the Wind Ensemble hold teaching positions in music at all levels including college, as well as professional performing credentials in orchestras, premier military bands, and professional chamber ensembles. Performers in the Fall 2010 Wind Ensemble were drawn from thirteen states.
The UNCG Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the 2011 National Convention of the American Bandmasters Association in Norfolk, Virginia from March 2-5. The Wind Ensemble recently performed at the 2009 national convention of the College Band Directors National Association, held on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Over 35 university bands applied to perform at this conference, but only nine were accepted. This is truly the highest honor for any college band program, and it marks the first time any group from North Carolina has performed at this national convention. The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. John R. Locke and Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi, performed in Austin on March 27, 2009.
The UNCG Wind Ensemble has enjoyed a distinguished record of performance over several decades. In 1985, the Wind Ensemble performed a series of concerts with Pulitzer Prize winning composer-conductor Karel Husa. In 1988, the UNCG Wind Ensemble performed in New Orleans, Louisiana by invitation of the College Band Directors National Association for the Southern Division convention. The Wind Ensemble has performed throughout the eastern United States in recent years including the first-ever performance by a North Carolina collegiate ensemble in Lincoln Center, New York City in 1987. The Wind Ensemble performed that same year in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. In November of 1990, the Wind Ensemble performed for the Southern Division convention of the Music Educators National Conference. In January 1992, the UNCG Wind Ensemble performed “A Tribute to John Philip Sousa” to a capacity crowd of 2,700 at the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Twice, the Wind Ensemble earned critical acclaim from The Washington Post newspaper following concerts in the nation’s capital.
In February 1994, the UNCG Wind Ensemble performed for a convention of the CBDNA and National Band Association in Williamsburg, Virginia. In March 1999, the Wind Ensemble performed for the national convention of the American Bandmasters Association in Melbourne, Florida. In February 2000, the Wind Ensemble performed for the CBDNA Southern Division Convention hosted at UNCG. In November 2001, the Wind Ensemble performed for the North Carolina Music Educators Association Convention. In January 2003, the Wind Ensemble performed at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, NC as part of a weeklong concert tour. In the spring of 2007, the Wind Ensemble performed in The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, shared a concert with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Arlington, Virginia, and collaborated with Karel Husa, David Dzubay and Carter Pann in the performances of their music, including two commissions. In November 2008, the Wind Ensemble again performed at the NCMEA state convention, joining forces with the 200 voices of the UNCG choral ensembles.
The Wind Ensemble has commissioned, participated in consortia, and premiered works by leading contemporary composers, including Jennifer Higdon, David Maslanka, Carter Pann, David Dzubay, Jonathan Newman, Roshanne Etezady, Jack Stamp, and many others.
The Wind Ensemble has recorded 16 commercially available compact discs that have received widespread praise: sforzando! (1995), vivo! (1996), celebration! (1997), begian! (1997), fantasy! (1998), A Tribute to Sousa – Live! (2000), internal combustion! (2001), equus! (2001), october! (2002), whirr! (2002), sunrise! (2003), aurora! (2004), ra! (2005), comet the wonderdog! (2006), premieres! (2007), and fireworks! (2009).
Wind Ensemble Faculty
Wind Ensemble Repertoire (PDF)
Turina – La Procesion du Rocio (00:36)
Bach – Fantasia in G Major (00:54)
Dzubay – Shadow Dance (00:54)
Pann – Four Factories, mvt. 3 (00:53)
Freund – Jug Blues and Fat Pickin’ (00:51)
Denza/Goto – Funiculi-Funicula Rhapsody (00:37)