The KSU Wind Ensemble
Formed in 1996, the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble performs a diverse repertoire for winds and percussion encompassing chamber music, wind ensemble repertoire and works for large bands. Regularly the KSU Wind Ensemble is visited by leading composers, performers, and conductors. Recent visits include those by The American Horn Quartet, The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet, Quartetto Gelato, The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and The Atlanta Percussion Trio, as well as by composers Michael Gandolfi, Jennifer Higdon, David Maslanka, Charles Young and Eric Ewazen, conductors H. Robert Reynolds, James Jordan, and Alexander Mickelthwate, and principal chairs of the world class orchestras in Berlin, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Atlanta.
Committed to collaboration, the KSU Wind Ensemble has given joint concerts with bands and wind ensembles at Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Perimeter College, Harrison High School and at Reinhardt College's Falany Performing Arts Center, Brenau University's Pearce Auditorium and the Dozier Centre for the Performing Arts. The KSU Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform in Savannah, Georgia as part of the 2007 and 2005 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Services.
Members of the KSU Wind Ensemble come from distinguished high school programs and honors ensembles including the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. While several KSU Wind Ensemble members have continued their studies at leading music schools such as Juilliard, The University of Michigan, Northwestern University, The New England Conservatory, Indiana University and Roosevelt University, other graduates are offered positions as music educators throughout the state of Georgia. Additionally, since 1999, KSU Wind Ensemble musicians have earned 100 positions in The National Wind Ensemble for performances in Carnegie Hall.