The CSB|SJU Wind Ensemble is the premiere wind band on campus and is comprised of approximately fifty 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. Wind Ensemble concerts feature repertoire that includes masterworks for band from composers including Percy Grainger, Gustav Holst, Vincent Persichetti, and Vaclav Nelhybel, as well as recent compositions from today's leading composers such as Steven Bryant, Joel Puckett, David Maslanka, and John Mackey.
Highlights from the 2016/2017 academic year include a performance at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic, a performance tour of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Colorado, hosting the United States Navy Concert Band on campus for clinics and a performance, as well as clinics with composers Aaron Perrine and Steven Bryant.