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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 and David R. Holsinger (2014).

During the Fall Semesters, the Wind Ensemble meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am-12:00pm.  In the Spring, the Wind Ensemble meets from 3-5pm with the Chamber Winds typically meeting from 4-5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.


2014-2015 Season

Chamber Winds
featuring Dr. Leslie Spotz, piano

October 30, 2014, 7:30 pm
Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Ceremonial Fanfare, Aaron Copland
Adagio para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento, Joaquin Rodrigo
Piano Concerto #2 in c minor, Op. 18
, Sergei Rachmaninoff/Pursell

Wind Ensemble Concert #2
with guest composer, John Mackey

November 16, 2014, 4:00 pm
Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Grand Choeur Dialogue, Eugene Gigout
Sheltering Sky, John Mackey
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, John Mackey

5th Annual Invitational Band Festival
with guest composer, Mark Camphouse

March 2-3, 2015
Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium


Chamber Winds & Wind Ensemble Concert

April 21, 2015
Clayde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium

La Procession du Rocio, Joaquin Turina
Extraction on No. 9, Michael Schelle
Ruach: Spirit, Breath, Wind, Miho Sasaki
Winner of the Wind & Percussion Concerto Competition, TBA
Requiem, David Maslanka
Symphony #3, James Barnes

Archives & Media

Wind Ensemble Archives
(2010-   )

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

Rehearsal Schedule 10/13/2014

Monday: Sax Concerto, sight read #3, 4; work #1; Copland Brass

Wednesday: Sheltering Sky, Sax Con. sight read #5; work #2 beg-G

Thursday: CW: Rachmaninoff, work all; Rodrigo, run

Thursday: BE: Gigout, Copland, 5tetA with Dr. Pursell, 5tetB with coach

Friday: Sax Con, work #1 and #2 G-fine, run