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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.


2015-2016 Season

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

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

Wind Ensemble

Joyride, Markowski (Anthony Pursell, Conductor)
Mangulina, Basler (Dr. Amy Acklin, Guest Conductor)
Lightning Field, Mackey (Chris Gleason, Guest Conductor)
The following works are by composer-in-residence and guest conductor, Robert Sheldon:

Center Ring
Red Covered Bridge
Rhapsodic Celebration
Danzas Cubanas

Wind Ensemble Finale Concert
Music Influenced by Literature & Art

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

Eternal Memoir, Saga of the Lucky Dragon, Fukushima
Adagio for Harp and Winds, Rivera, Chloe Kozak, Student Soloist
Dum Spiro Spero, Pilsner
Fantasia for Alto Saxophone, C.T. Smith
Suite of Old American Dances, Bennett

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, Joyride, Fantasia, Center Ring, Cuban Dances

Wednesday, SOOAD, mvt #1, Mangulina Beg-170, Lightning Field

Friday, SOOAD, mvt #2, 3, Lightning Field, Stormchasers, Metroplex