The Wind Ensemble is a versatile group that has accom­pa­nied silent movies and live dance per­for­mances with orig­i­nal scores by stu­dent com­posers, and col­lab­o­rated with guest soloists and actors in addi­tion to play­ing the great works in the wind repertoire.  Recent guests have included Brad Ellis, pianist on GLEE, and Boston Symphony Orchestra trombonist Stephen Lange.

The Wind Ensemble rehearses and per­forms dur­ing the Fall and Spring semes­ters, usu­ally playing two con­certs each term.  Each year the group par­tic­i­pates in a fes­ti­val with the wind ensem­bles from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, Boston Col­lege, and Boston Uni­ver­sity.  At the end of each term the ensem­ble often shares a con­cert pro­gram with the Con­cert Band.

The mem­bers of the Wind Ensem­ble come from all back­grounds and majors, and any inter­ested mem­ber of the NU com­mu­nity is eli­gi­ble to join. Audi­tions are held at the begin­ning of the term dur­ing the first few rehearsals and by appoint­ment. For many stu­dents, the Wind Ensem­ble is an extracur­ric­u­lar activ­ity, but it can also be taken as a free one-credit elec­tive by reg­is­ter­ing for MUSC 1907.  The course may be repeated for credit.