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Wind Ensemble & Chamber Winds

Dr. Gary Westbrook, Conductor


The Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble are the premier wind bands at Tarleton State.  Both ensembles are conducted by Dr. Gary Westbrook, 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.


Finale Concert, April 23, 2017 - A Virtual Ballet

Tarleton Wind Ensemble to Close Academic Year with Student Concerto Competition Winners and Virtual Ballet

The Tarleton Wind Ensemble will present its final concert of the academic year featuring the winners of the Third Annual Concert Competition and a virtual ballet in collaboration with Digital Media Studies professors Megan Ehrhart and Knut Hybinette.  The concert takes place in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium on Sunday, April 23 around 4:30 pm, following the Symphonic Band Concert. A reception, sponsored by Tau Beta Sigma, will be held during intermission.  General admission tickets are $5.00 or free with Tarleton ID and will be on sale one hour prior to the beginning of the concert.

The concert will feature guest composer, Charles Fernandez acting as the guest conductor of Anthony Pursell’s Centennial Colors, which was premiered during the Centennial Celebration Kick-Off Concert this past January.  After Centennial Colors, the Chamber Winds will feature the first winners of the Concerto Competition, Cesar Martinez and Alyssa Dow in a flute duo by Doppler.  The duo will be guest conducted by Dr. Jennifer Rodriguez, adjunct instructor of flute.

John Williams’ Escapades from Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie, Catch Me If You Can features our second winner from this years’ Concerto Competition, Ste’fon Landers.  Greg Ball will guest conduct the work.

After a brief intermission, Charles Fernandez will set the stage for his ballet, The Statue.  The setting portrays two lovers lives that are split by the rage of a Sorceress with the man turned to stone and his lover left to grieve.  Having influences from Jean Francaix to Sergei Prokofiev, the audience will be taken on a journey with the lovers to find out whether these soulmates can find a way to be reunited.  With help from Tarleton’s Digital Media Studies professors, Knut Hybinette and Megan Ehrhart, the audience will be treated to a Tarleton first: a virtual ballet performed by New York ballerina, Gabrielle Spotz.  Ms. Spotz is the daughter of Dr. Leslie Spotz, Professor of Piano at Tarleton State.  Want to know more about what is a virtual ballet?  Come out on Sunday, April 23, following the Symphonic Band Concert.