Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble (Fall 2017)

Directed by Dr. Andrew McMahan, the Wind Ensemble is the premiere large ensemble at Lamar University. It is a process-oriented group that provides an opportunity for musicians to emphasize interactive musical skills in a large ensemble setting. Membership is open to all students, regardless of major, and is determined based upon a relaxed audition process.

While promoting the advancement of wind music of artistic and historical merit, it reinforces the skills taught in the studio and develops the application of those skills. This course is designed to advance the growth of the students’ overall musicianship and to promote a lifelong love and respect of music.

Each year, members participate in Lamar’s Conducting Symposium, featuring an outstanding wind-band guest conductor as clinician.  The Wind Ensemble has also performed at many state, national and international conventions throughout the country. Performances include Music Educators National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association Convention and the Western International Band Clinic Conference.

The wind and percussion programs at Lamar University are among the most active programs on campus.  There are five performing ensembles: Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Cardinal Basketball Pep Band, Jazz Band and the Lamar University Marching Band.  These bands are open to all students regardless of major. Partial tuition and housing waiver scholarships are available to students based on talent and departmental need upon successful completion of a scholarship audition.