The Shepherd University Wind Ensemble is the premier wind group of Shepherd University and each year the audition becomes more competitive. The group is comprised of music majors and a few select non-majors.
This group has been invited to perform around the world. In 2001, the group accepted an invitation form the Lord Mayor of Dublin to tour Ireland. The ensemble performed throughout the country, including stops in Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Tramore, and Dublin.
In 2005, they were invited to perform in Carnegie Hall and received a standing ovation by the enthusiastic New York audience. The Wind Ensemble has also enjoyed the opportunity to perform overseas during tours of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic in 2009 and Spain in May of 2011.
The Wind Ensemble just returned from a tour of France in May of 2013 where they performed in Nice, Avignon, and Paris. The Wind Ensemble will be performing on campus throughout the year as well as a regional tour during the spring semester of 2014. Performance highlights will include Raise the Roof by Michael Daugherty featuring Dr. Michelle Humpfreys on timpani in February and the premier of a new composition by David Maslanka entitled Requiem in April.