About the Wind Ensemble

Winner of The American Prize in Band Performance 2016-17, the Illinois Wesleyan Wind Ensemble was founded in 1979 and is comprised of the top wind and percussion students at the university who perform the finest wind band literature.

The ensemble has worked with and sponsored commissions from Pulitzer Prize winning composers such as William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Karel Husa, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Schelle, and Joseph Schwantner. In addition, the Ensemble has also had the opportunity to work with the renowned Dutch composer Louis Andreissen.

The IWU Wind Ensemble annual Concerto Competition allows student winners to perform as a soloist with the Ensemble.

The Ensemble performs several concerts throughout the year and tours regularly. The group has appeared at the College Band Directors National Association Conference and the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference.

Check us out on the American Prize website!