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The KU Bands are a diversified group of performing ensembles. The Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and University Band provide opportunities to perform the widest possible range of concert wind band literature including chamber music, masterworks, and contemporary works . Nationally recognized conductors continually provide new challenges for all levels of performers. The band program is also home to the Sudler Award-winning Marching Jayhawks and the bands for the men's and women's basketball teams, and the women's volleyball team.

 

2014-2015 KU Bands Newsletter (pdf)

 

New York Times review of KU Wind Ensemble's performance of "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall

Videos of KU Wind Ensemble’s Journey to Carnegie Hall

Learn more at the Journey to Carnegie website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble
2014-2015 Concert Season

Collage Concert
Sept. 19 | Lied Center of Kansas
Musica Mobilis (1996), James Beckel  (b. 1948)
Wind Ensemble
Sept. 26 | Lied Center of Kansas
Serenade for Winds, op. 44 (1878), Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Suite Francaise, op. 248 (1944), Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
Festival Overture (2010), Dan Chen
Symphony in B-flat (1951), Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Faculty Recital Series: Joyce Castle, Mezzo-Soprano
with KU Wind Ensemble
Oct. 6 | Lied Center of Kansas
Five Cabaret Songs (2014), William Bolcom (b. 1938) arr. Frenkel
Symphonic Band & Chamber Winds
Oct. 21 | Lied Center of Kansas
Musica Mobilis (1996), James Beckel  (b. 1948)
Serenade for Winds, op. 44 (1978), Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Wind Ensemble
Nov. 10 | Lied Center of Kansas
March from Symphonic Metamorphosis (1943/1960), Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Visions Macabre, op. 40 (1979), James Barnes (b. 1949)
Sanctuary (2006), Frank Ticheli (b 1958)
The Florentiner March, Julius Fucik (1872-1916) arr. Frederick Fennell
Star Wars Trilogy (1980), John Williams (b. 1932) arr. Donald Hunsberger
Luke Johnson Graduate Wind Conducting Recital
Nov. 21 | TBA
March from Symphonic Metamorphosis (1943/1960), Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Psalm for Band (1954), Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987)
Concertino for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (2004), Zechariah Goh (1970)
Serenade for Winds, op. 44 (1878), Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Ben Harper Graduate Wind Conducting Recital
Dec. 10 | TBA
New World (Overture) from Dancer in the Dark (1998), Björk (b. 1965) arr. Vince Mendoza
Nevermore (2008), Kevin Wilt (b. 1984)
Tuba Concerto (1976), Edward Gregson (b. 1945)
Suite Francaise, op. 248 (1944), Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
Prairie Winds Concert - KU Wind Ensemble, KU Jazz Ensemble I, KU Symphony Orchestra
Jan. 31 | Lied Center of Kansas
Star Wars Trilogy (1980), John Williams (b. 1932) arr. Donald Hunsberger
Wind Ensemble
Feb. 23 | Lied Center of Kansas
Valor, op. 113 (2002), James Barnes (b. 1949)
Dionysiaques, op. 62 (1913), Florent Schmitt (1870-1958)
Irish Tune from County Derry (1911, ed. 1994), Percy Grainger (1882-1961) ed. Mark Rogers
First Suite in E-flat, Gustav Holst
KMEA
​Feb. 27 | TBA
Valor, op. 113 (2002), James Barnes (b. 1949)
Dionysiaques, op. 62 (1913), Florent Schmitt (1870-1958)
Irish Tune from County Derry (1911, ed. 1994), Percy Grainger (1882-1961), ed. Mark Rogers
First Suite in E-flat (1911), Gustav Holst (1870-1934)
KU Wind Ensemble
April 8 | Yardley Hall, Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College
Serenade, op. 7 (1881), Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Un vitrial et des oiseaux (1986), Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Concerto for Tuba (1977), Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)
Winds of Nagual (1985), Michael Colgrass (b. 1932)
Luke Johnson Graduate Wind Conducting Lecture Recital
April 17 | TBA
Conducting Workshop
May 2
Serenade, op. 7 (1881), Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Irish Tune from County Derry (1911, ed. 1994), Percy Grainger (1882-1961), ed. Mark Rogers
First Suite in E-flat (1911), Gustav Holst (1870-1934)

 

 

 

 


Friends of the School of Music

Reach Out Kansas, Inc., Smithyman & Zakoura Chartered and KU Music Concert Series 2014-2015

Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually