Led by Dr. John Burdett, Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies, the Wind Ensemble is the premiere winds, brass and percussion ensemble at Azusa Pacific University.

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Shall We Gather At The River arranged by Frederick Umar (former APU student)

Triumphal March by Frederic Umar

For nearly two decades the bands at Azusa Pacific University have been an important part of the development of the wind band community while providing experiences that development its member’s musicianship.  The Wind Ensemble has premiered and commissioned works by many notable composers including John Mackey and Bill Connor–and has hosted prominent guest conductors including Eric Whitacre and Frank Ticheli.  Their current project: recording choral compositions set for wind band by Sir John Rutter, Z. Randall Stroope and Kevin Memley, is being utilized by music publishers such as TRN and Imagine Publishing as source recordings for conductors and teachers throughout the world.

The Wind Ensemble consists of approximately 55 of the most exceptional graduate students and high achieving undergraduates within the School of Music.  Selected by audition only, the Wind Ensemble performs a blend of traditional wind band masterworks and dynamic new compositions.

Most importantly, alumni of the Wind Ensemble have gone on to successful careers and further graduate study in the wind band community, music education, music industry, and music profession at large through, teaching, conducting, composing, and performing.