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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
2013-2014 Concert Season

October 6 at the Lied Center, 2:30pm
Canzona (1951), Peter Mennin (1923-1983)
Panta Rhei (2010), Ingrid Stolzel (b. 1971)
Bliss (2003), Michael Torke (b. 1961)
Morning Star (1997), David Maslanka (b. 1943)
Rapsodia Borealis (2001), Soren Hyldgaard (b. 1962)
     Dr. Michael Davidson, trombone soloist

October 22 at the Lied Center, 7:30pm
Anniversary Fanfare (2013), James Barnes (b. 1949) WORLD PREMIERE
Bassoon Concerto for Winds and Electronics (2013), Kip Haaheim (b. 1955) WORLD
PREMIERE - Eric Stomberg, bassoon soloist

November 10 at Kauffman Center KC, MO
     Capt. Michelle Rakers, US Marine Band & Sharon Toulouse, guest conductors
Wild Blue Yonder (2006), James Barnes (b. 1949)
Symphony No. 4 (1952), Morton Gould (1913-1996)
Commando March (1943) Samuel Barber, 1910-1981
The Alcotts (1920) – Charles Ives (1874-1954)/ trans. Elkus
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms (1775)/arr. Simone Manti -AJ Miller and
Sarah Miller, euphonium soloists

Semper Fi (1888) John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
Band of Brothers (2001) Michael Kamen (b. 1948)/ trans. Nowlin
Armed Forces Medley arr. Knox
Stars and Stripes Forever (1896), John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)

December 3 Blue Valley High School, 7:00pm
A shared program with the Blue Valley High School Bands!

Commando
March (1943) Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Avian Bear, guest conductor
Wild Blue Yonder (2006), James Barnes (b. 1949)
Sharon Toulouse, guest conductor
“Marches” from Symphony No.4 (1952), Morton Gould (1913-1996)

Military
Escort Bennett/Fennell - Combined with BVHS Bands

December 9 Murphy Hall 130, 1:00pm
Canzon septimi toni No. 1(1597) by Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612)
Old Wine in New Bottles (1958) by Gordon Jacob (1895-1984)
Chorale and Alleluia (1954) by Howard Hanson (1896-1981)
Ice 9(2011) by Von Hanson (b.1984) world premiere
Cameron's Dream (2013) by Joni Greene (b.1981) world premiere
Four Scottish Dances (1957/1978) by Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)/Trans. by John Paynter

Spring 2014

February 1 Prairie Winds Concert at Lied Center, 7:30pm
Krunch (1996)  Tim Davies (b. 1972)  KU SAXOPHONE QUARTET 1
…and the mountains rising nowhere (1977) Joseph Schwantner (1943)
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms (1775)arr. Simone Mantia
Albert and Sarah Miller, Guest SoloistsSharon Toulouse, Guest Conductor
Commando March (1943) Samuel Barber (1910-1981)Matthew O. Smith, Guest Conductor

February 6 at Park Hill South High School, 7:00pm
Commando March (1943)Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Chorale and Alleluia (1954)Howard Hanson (1896-1981)
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms (1775)arr. Simone Mantia
Albert and Sarah Miller, Guest SoloistsSharon Tolouse, Guest Conductor
Four Scottish Dances (1957/1978) Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)/Trans. John Paynter

February 25 Lied Center, 7:30pm
Quator (1933) Jean Francaix (1912-1997) FLAT VI QUARTET
Lateral Perspectives (2010)  Kevin Walczyk (b. 1964) Luke Johnson, guest conductor
Net Luck Soaring (2011) Joni Greene (b.1981)  Ben Harper, guest conductor

...and the mountains rising nowhere (1977) Joseph Schwantner (1943)
Idea Number Twenty-Four (2006) Terry Everson (1962) KU TRUMPET QUINTET
Lincolnshire Posy (1937) Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961)

April 15 Lied Center, 7:30pm
Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920, rev. 1947) Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Concerto for Flute and Wind Orchestra (2012) James Barnes (b.1949) world premiere
Sarah Frisof, soloist
Matthew O. Smith, guest conductor
A Child’s Garden of Dreams (1981) David Maslanka (b.1943)

April 25 Murphy Hall 130, 2:30pm
Chad Simons Lecture-Recital tentative: “The Wind Music of Composer Joni Greene”

 

 

 

 


Friends of the School of Music

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