The Wind Ensemble is St. Cloud State University’s premiere concert band, comprised of the finest wind and percussion musicians on campus. It is a creative arena for future music educators, performers, pre-professionals and music lovers alike to express themselves and support each other in music-making endeavors.
Theensemble is committed to the performance and promotion of the richest, most varied music for wind band, ranging from time-honored classics to world premieres of new music. The Wind Ensemble is known as one of the most innovative university music ensembles in the country by virtue of its imaginative programming, fostering of major and emerging composers, unique outreach programs to music education, and its commitment to making music meaningful in communities and in the lives of people.
Catharine Bushman - Wind Ensemble, Music Education
227A Performing Arts Center
CDs, National Radio, Tours
The SCSU Wind Ensemble has made broadcasts on Minnesota Public Radio and taken concert tours to California, Russia, Scandinavia, and Mexico–where it performed at the National School of Music and made a national radio broadcast in Mexico City. The ensemble has also been featured in a National Public Radio Broadcast on a Pipes and the Winds Concert, appearing on Michael Baron’s Pipe Dreams Sunday morning show. The Wind Ensemble is featured with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic and several professional orchestras from New York on a compact disk devoted to modern music. This recording marked the first time Vienna Modern Music Masters, the largest recording industry of contemporary music, recorded a concert band.
The ensemble has also produced and distributed two concert season compact discs: Red, White and New and Messages from the Past, which contain several premiere performances of unique wind band works.