Wind Ensemble

Welcome to the Wind Ensemble

Founded in 2009 and conducted by Dr. Brett A. Richardson, the Wind Ensemble serves the UIW community as the premier wind band on campus. The Wind Ensemble, which traditionally performs two concerts annually, is open to all students who have a woodwind, brass or percussion background. Select members typically participate in the Baccalaureate Mass at the end of the Spring semester.

The ensemble is a class you must register for (MUEN 1185) and meets in the spring semester on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. and Fridays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. The band rehearses in the Band and Orchestra Hall (Room 120) on the first floor of the Luella Bennack Music Center located next to the Administration Building.

The repertoire selected for the modern wind ensemble should be emotionally enriching, intellectually stimulating and technically demanding. To this end, the mission of the UIW Wind Ensemble is: 

  • To perform the core repertoire for bands and winds, including chamber music. 
  • To perform new compositions and, in the future, premieres of works commissioned by the UIW band program. 
  • To perform with outstanding guest artists and UIW's stellar faculty. 
  • To perform marches with respect for the history and legacy of the form and its inherent style. 
  • To perform some of the finest transcriptions written for bands. 

Students registered for ensembles may be eligible for ensemble scholarships. These are based on audition and departmental need. Contact the ensemble director, Dr. Brett A. Richardson, for more information.


Auditions are usually held with the Director of Bands Dr. Richardson during the first week of classes in the spring semester to determine part distribution and chair placement. Rehearsals begin at the start of the spring semester.