Western University Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble musicians

Music Director

Colleen Richardson


Audition required. Open to all Western University students.

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Mondays & Wednesdays
3:30 - 5:30pm

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Winds, Brass & Percussion at Western

Evolving from the Symphonic Band, the Western University Wind Ensemble was established by Jerome Summers in the 1980s. Acknowledged as one of the finest wind bands in Canada, the Wind Ensemble is indebted to the leadership of past conductors: Donald McKellar, James Ford, Charles Dalkert, Wayne Jeffrey, Jerome Summers, David McKinney, and Gary McCumber. With the appointment of Dr. Colleen Richardson, in 2006, the Wind Ensemble continues its journey towards excellence in performance and wind band education.

The Wind Ensemble is open to all Western Students. An audition is required for participation. Repertoire is selected from standard wind ensemble literature, works for chamber ensembles, transcriptions, concerti, and contemporary works. Although core repertoire is the largest programming component, ensemble members will periodically be exposed to iconic wind chamber music, ranging from the antiphonal music of Gabrieli or Classical Period Harmonie music, to the masterpieces of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Transcriptions are an important part of the history of the band, especially within the military and professional band traditions, and these are honoured through the performance of selected works. Concerti feature faculty, guests, or students. Students are selected through a competitive process.

2021-22 Performances

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All concerts are approximately 1 hour in length.

Friday, October 22 | 7:30pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
“Poems of Life; The Breaths of Souls”
Planned repertoire includes “Shortcut Home” (Dana Wilson), “American Hymnsong Suite” (Dwayne Milburn), “Waking Angels” (David Gillingham), “Shepherd’s Hey” (Percy Aldridge Grainger), and “Machu Picchu” (Satoshi Yagisawa)

Friday, December 3 | 7:30pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
“Para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento”
Planned repertoire includes “Early Light” (Carolyn Bremer), “Adagio Para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento" (Joaquin Rodrigo), "Suite Français" (Darius Milhaud), and "Festival Variations" (Claude T. Smith)

Friday, February 11 | 7:30pmCANCELLED
Paul Davenport Theatre
“Our New Day Begun”

Friday, March 25 | 7:30pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
“Oh, The Humanity”
Repertoire to be selected from “Dance of the Jesters” (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky/Cramer), “Clouds in Collage” (Tetsunosuke Kushida), “Our New Day Begun” (Omar Thomas), "Capriccio" (Frigyes Hidas), "Diferencias on an Old Spanish Song" (Yasuhide Ito), "Come Sunday" (Omar Thomas), and “Concerto for Trumpet” (Alexander Arutiunian/Duker) featuring the 2021-22 Winds, Brass & Percussion Concerto Competition Winner, Emily Carmichael, trumpet 

Performance Excerpts

“American Hymnsong Suite” (Excerpts), Dwayne Milburn
Conductor, Dr. Richardson


“Polytechnique”, Jonathan Dagenais
Conductor, Dr. Richardson


“Tabula Rasa”, Don Macdonald, Mark Hopkins
Conductor, Dr. Richardson
Canada 150 Concert


Excerpt from “Sit de Plata”, José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana
Excerpt from “Give Us This Day”, David Maslanka
Excerpt from “Metallëphônic Remix”, Daniel Nelson/Arr. Anders Högstedt

Conductor, Dr. Richardson


Excerpt from “Pershing”, Gregory Fritze
Excerpt from “One Life Beautiful”, Julie Giroux

Conductor, Dr. Richardson


explorations cd

Explorations: Recorded over three academic years, the latest recordings released by the Western University Wind Ensemble was produced by Mark Records. Available on iTunes.

apparitions cd

Apparitions by the Western University Wind Ensemble is on Albany Records and available at Amazon.ca and iTunes.

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