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The Wind Ensemble is UMSL's premier concert band. Membership is open to students of all majors and there is no audition to join the Wind Ensemble, though students will play a brief chair-placement audition during the first weeks of school. 

The UMSL Wind Ensemble's mission is to pursue creativity in music-making through performances of music for winds and percussion written by composers who reflect the complete diversity and richness of the human experience - this especially includes composers of traditionally under-represented backgrounds. Through the rehearsal and performance of this repertoire, ensemble members have the opportunity to grow musically through a wide array of compositional techniques, rehearsal processes, and expressive possibilities.

The UMSL Wind Ensemble rehearses in the beautiful Touhil Performing Arts Center, on Mondays from 2:00-3:15, and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:00. 

To join the ensemble, please contact Dr. Wacyk and register for EN PER 1530. For any questions, please contact: Dr. David Wacyk, Director of Instrumental Music, at Dmwdb8@umsl.edu or  Instrumentalmusic@umsl.edu.

Interested in joining?

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Join our Fanfare Commissioning Consortium!

To celebrate UMSL’s 60th anniversary, the UMSL Music Department has commissioned nationally renowned composers to write a new fanfare. Each fanfare will be performed at an UMSL band and orchestra concert during the 23/24 season.

Additionally, we are opening this up to the national community of university band and orchestra directors, who would like to buy-in to a consortium for this project. The buy-in fee is $100.

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Partner-Membership (community, professional, high school)

As the UMSL Wind Ensemble continues to grow stronger following the pandemic, we have a few openings for partner-members of the community or professional players of wind/brass/percussion, who are interested in joining UMSLWE and helping us move into the future! We also accept a select number talented high school musicians, depending on availability. 

Any community member interested in joining the UMSL Wind Ensemble, please complete this form and feel free to contact Dr. David Wacyk at dmwdb8@umsl.edu