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Wind Ensemble & Chamber Winds

Dr. Anthony Pursell, Conductor


The Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble are the premier wind bands at Tarleton State.  Both ensembles are conducted by Dr. Anthony Pursell, Director of Bands.

Membership is selected by audition from among the finest wind and percussion players at the university. Both ensembles perform diverse repertoire of the highest caliber. The Wind Ensemble has a strong commitment to new music as well as to the finest standard band repertoire. This ensemble has a tradition of excellence and commissions new works for band and hosts outstanding composers, conductors, and soloists.  The Wind Ensemble has participated in consortiums with universities from around the country to commission new works by several composers including: Kevin Walczyk, David Avshalomov, and Michael Schelle.  The Wind Ensemble gave the world premier of Conflict and From a Whisper by Tarleton alum, Jordan Grelle (BA, '11).  In April 2014, the Wind Ensemble also gave the world premier of Charles Fernandez's Spirits Rising, The Texan Rider at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

During the Invitational Band Festival, the Wind Ensemble concludes the festival with the composer-in-residence conducting a concert of his/her own works.  Guest conductors have included: Col. John R. Bourgeois, Frank Ticheli, Samuel R. Hazo, David R. Holsinger, Mark Camphouse, and Robert Sheldon (2016).

During the Fall Semesters, both ensembles meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am-11:50am.  In the Spring, the Wind Ensemble meets from 3-5pm with the Chamber Winds periodically meeting from 4-5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.


Wind Ensemble Fall Finale Concert to Feature Student and Faculty Soloists

The Tarleton Wind Ensemble will conclude its Fall 2015 semester on Sunday, November 15 at 4pm with a collage of traditional and contemporary works featuring faculty and student soloists.  Following its 36-hour, five concert tour to Clifton High School, Belton High School, Hutto High School, Lampasas High School, and DeSoto High School, the home concert will feature Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Dr. Dmitri Perevertailenko and Dr. Patricia Card (Sam Houston State University) in Ponchielli’s Il Convegno.  The Wind Ensemble will give the World Premier performance of Michael Schelle’s contemporary work, Fear Strikes Out featuring Dr. William Haugeberg on trombone.  Dr. Gary Westbrook will guest conduct Nathan Daughtrey’s percussion concerto, Black Rainbow featuring six students from the percussion studio.  

General admission tickets are $5 or free to all Tarleton students, faculty and staff with ID.


2015-2016 Season

Wind Ensemble Etude Day Finale Concert
Featuring Tarleton Faculty & Student Soloists

Sunday, November 15, 2015 @ 4pm
Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Aegean Festival Overture, Andreas Makris/Maj. Albert Bader
Fear Strikes Out, Michael Schelle, Dr. William Haugeberg, Trombone
Spirits Rising: The Texan Rider, Charles Fernandez
Il Convegno, Amilcare Ponchielli, Dr. Dmytro Perevertailenko and Dr. Patricia Carr, Clarinets
Black Rainbow, Nathan Daugherty, Tarleton Percussion Studio and Dr. Gary Westbrook Guest Conductor
Albanian Dance, Shelley Hanson

Sixth Annual Invitational Band Festival
Featuring Composer-in-Residence, Robert Sheldon

Tuesday-Wednesday, March 22-23, 2016
Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert, Tuesday, March 22 @ 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Wind Ensemble Finale Concert
Music Influenced by Literature & Art

Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 3pm
Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Romeo & Juliet, Overture - Fantasy, Peter Tchaikovsky/Mark Hindsley
Monk by the Sea, Michael Markowski
TBA, Student Concerto Winner

Archives & Media

Wind Ensemble Archives
(2010-   )

Wind Ensemble performance of Eric Whitacre's The Seal Lullaby.  October 11, 2012

Wind Ensemble performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol.  October 4, 2015

Rehearsal Schedule

Monday:Fear, Albanian, Spirits

Wednesday: Il Convegno, Rainbow, Aegean

Thursday: Aegean, Overture

Friday:Aegean, Rainbow, Albanian