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Wind Ensemble

The CSB/SJU Wind Ensemble is the premiere wind band on campus and is comprised of approximately 50 select instrumentalists.  Membership includes music majors and minors, as well as a large number of students from a wide variety of other disciplines who excel and enjoy performing on their instrument.  The ensemble rehearses three times a week, performs four to five concerts per year in the magnificent 1000-seat Benedicta Arts Center on the CSB campus, and tours regularly.  This fall, composer Aaron Perrine, winner of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association Sousa/Ostwald Award in 2013, visited our campus to work with us on his award-winning piece, Pale Blue on Deep.

Wind Ensemble 2011-2012

Audition dates and times

Informational meeting:

  • Monday, August 29th at 4:05 PM, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB


  • Monday, August 29th, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Percussion Only)
  • Tuesday, August 30th, 4:45 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 31th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Audition Location:

  • Small Ensemble Room (D-048) in the BAC, CSB
  • Sign up for an audition on the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall door (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Audition Requirements:

  • Woodwinds/Brass
    • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice demonstrating good sound, quality intonation, musical imagination, rhythmic integrity, and technical control of your instrument
    • Play your chromatic scale (preferably the full range of your instrument - at minimum two octives)
    • Sight read one excerpt
  • Percussion
    • Play any solo piece or etude of your choice for both snare and mallets
    • Sight read one excerpt for timpani

First Full Rehearsal:

  • Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Regular rehearsals for fall semester:

  • MWF, 3:20-4:40PM, Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (D-040) in the BAC, CSB

Performances (in Escher Auditorium):

  • October 19th, 2016, 7:30 PM
  • December 7th, 2016, 7:30 PM
  • March 1st, 2016, 7:30 PM
  • May 3rd, 2017, 7:30 PM

Director: Justin Zanchuk: (363-5924), BAC D-047, CSB

Hear from the musicians:

Ali Felix, '13, EuphoniumAli Felix, '13, Euphonium:
Psychology major, Music minor

"Being a member of the Wind Ensemble has been an engaging learning experience. We are presented with challenging repertoire, but still encourages us to build on our own musical talents. Being given the opportunity to perform for family, friends, and community members has inspired me strengthen my own professional performance skills."



Joey Hillesheim, '13, FluteJoey Hillesheim, '13, Flute:
Flute Performance major
"The things I love most about the CSB/SJU Wind Ensemble is that it is supportive and
fun-loving like family, yet dedicated to making great music, never forgetting that the reason we come together is a shared love of playing. The CSB/SJU Wind Ensemble is the consummate example of music's ability to bring people closer together."




Concert Series 2016-2017

Fall Concert with Symphonic Band
October 19, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Winter Concert with Symphonic Band
December 7, 2016, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

MMEA Campus Preview Concert
February 13, 2017, 7:30 PM Escher Auditorium

Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic 
February 17, 2017, 7:30 PM, Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom 

Mid-Winter Concert with Jazz Ensemble
March 1, 2017, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Spring Concert with Symphonic Band
May 3, 2017, 7:30 PM, Escher Auditorium

Spring Break Tour
March 3-10, 2017 

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