University Bands

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is the premiere wind and percussion organization on campus and is a highly select group of 53 elite musicians comprised of graduate and undergraduate students. Under the baton of Dr. Mike Fansler, the ensemble has performed at numerous regional, national, and international venues including the Illinois All-State Convention, the College Band Directors National Association, on Armour Stage in Chicago's Orchestra Hall, and on tour in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The literature performed represents the finest in wind band literature from all historical periods. The ensemble has recorded 5 CD's in the past years, examples of which are available on this site. For over three decades, the wind ensemble has presented a special "President's Concert" performance to honor the President of Western Illinois University.

**The Wind Ensemble was selected by the Illinois Music Educator's Association to perform on January 29, 2015 as a featured guest for Illinois' most outstanding "All-State" instrumentalists. The free concert is at 8:00pm in the Peoria Civic Center.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

May 1, 2015

48th President's Concert

Introduction to Act III (Wagner)

Donde Lieta (Puccini)

Fete Du a Seville (Albeniez)

Je Veux Vivre (Gounod)

Irish Tune (Grainger)

Music for Prague (Husa)