Winds, Brass & Percussion at Western

Wind Ensemble

The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers woodwind, brass and percussion students diverse course options and performance opportunities including solo and studio recitals, weekly faculty-led masterclasses, ensembles, and competitions and awards including the Winds, Brass & Percussion Concerto CompetitionMaritsa Brookes Concerto Competition, Young-Ja Park Chamber Music Competition and the London Music Scholarship Foundation Endowment Award.

Western Music also offers learning opportunities and masterclasses with international artists of renown. 

The Music Building and Talbot College house over 100 practice rooms, studios, and large and small rehearsal spaces, plus three modern performance venues with concert pianos and state-of-the-art recording capabilities. 

Western's Percussion Studio includes more than 2,400 square feet of teaching studios, rehearsal rooms, five large dedicated practice rooms and storage space.

In the Spotlight

August 2023
BMus percussion student William Kim named one of two top finalists from Western at Chicago International Music Competition

October 2022
Congratulations to 2022-23 Winds, Brass & Percussion Concerto Competition award winner Biz Tucker, oboe

August 2022
Denis Jiron joins Western as professor of trombone

June 2022
Five students heading to Prague with WASBE's Youth Wind Orchestra

March 2022
Flute student Gillian Derer earns social media sponsorships

In Performance

Western University Wind Ensemble

“Polytechnique”, Jonathan Dagenais
Conductor, Dr. Colleen Richardson
Recorded in 2018

Symphonic Band

Excerpt from “Festivo”, Edward Gregson
Conductor, Nigel Evans
Recorded in 2019

Jazz Ensemble

“Vine Street Rumble”, Benny Carter
Conductor, Dr. Thompson
Recorded in 2019

Alumni of Note

Jayden Beaudoin, MMus'14
Percussionist with the Royal Canadian Artillery Band

Emily Bellman, BMus'14 (trumpet)
Member, The Stadacona Band of The Royal Canadian Navy

Brennan Connolly, BMus'08Dave Robilliard, BMus'04
Founded by Brennan Connolly (who is also an instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University) and Dave Robilliard, Duo Percussion was nominated in 2014 for “Best Percussion Ensemble” by DRUM! Magazine

Sarek Gutierrez, MMus'18
Adjunct Professor of Percussion, Our Lady of the Lake University and Texas A&M University, San Antonio

Jarrett McCourt, BMus'13 (tuba)
Named one of Canada’s “Hottest 30 Classical Musicians Under 30” by CBC Music in 2020; principal tuba, Winnipeg Symphony; New World Symphony alumni

Colin Williams, MMus,'17 (trumpet)
Member, The Royal Canadian Artillery Band

Jim Wiseman, BMus (Hons.)'13
Percussionist with the band Lost in Japan, winner of the 2021 Corus Entertainment Radio "Summer Song Contest", Free 98.1fm "Made in London" contest, Jim Beam "Make History Talent Search", and 2020 Forest City London Music Awards’ fan favourite award