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The Wind Ensemble is the premier concert band at UCM, and is made up of the university's most accomplished wind and percussion players, selected by audition at the beginning of the term. The Wind Ensemble performs at least two full concerts each semester in UCM's Hendricks Hall Auditorium, as well as a Chamber Winds recital in the Department of Music's Hart Recital Hall, and is also an important part of the university's commencement exercises at the end of each semester. In addition, this ensemble also frequently tours throughout the region, and in 2012, released a self-titled compact disc recording. The Wind Ensemble has been featured at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference (most recently in 2011 and 2008), as well as at regional and national conferences. On March 28, 2010, the UCM Wind Ensemble performed for an audience of more than 2,000 in New York's famed Carnegie Hall, after having been invited to be a part of Carnegie's subscription concert series, and in March of 2014, they will perform for the Southwest Divisional Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, at the University of Arkansas.
The UCM Wind Ensemble is actively involved in the commissioning and premieres of new works for wind band, and performs the best recent music for winds, as well as some of the concert band's most important core repertoire. They are frequently involved in commissioning consortia, and have premiered new works including "The Waters of Speech Are Silent," by Joanne Metcalf, "Spirit!" by composer Aldo Rafael Forte, and compositions by composers such as Eric Honour, Shelley Hanson, James Syler, Michael Torke, Erollyn Wallen, and Bob Mintzer, amongst many others.
The Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Gary Brattin, Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Tuba, is open to all UCM Students. The Symphonic Band begins its fall semester rehearsals at the conclusion of the regular football season in preparation for the Winter Bands Concert, and meets twice each week throughout the spring semester. They perform core literature for the concert band, as well as some of the best new works by contemporary wind band composers. Students are encouraged to enroll for Symphonic Band (MUS 1010) for the spring semester. Those who are not in the marching band who are interested in the fall Symphonic Band should contact Dr. Brattin.
ALL THE BEST!
Dr. Scott Lubaroff
Director of Bands.
WIND ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS
Auditions for the Fall, 2014 Wind Ensemble will be held during the first four days of fall semester classes (August 20-22). Signup sheets will be posted at least one week prior on the bulletin board outside of Room 109 in Utt Music Building. Materials required for auditions will include:
- Major Scales (multiple octaves whenever possible)
- Chromatic Scale (full range)
- Prepared work(s) of the student's choice (3-4 minutes, demonstrating both technical and lyrical abilities)
- Required audition excerpts (click any of the live links below to download a .pdf file with the required excerpts for that instrument)
Wind Ensemble Audition Excerpts
for fall, 2014 (new excerpts posted by mid-May)
Bass Clarinet Excerpts
Tenor Trombone Excerpts
Bass Trombone Excerpts