The Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Andrew Mast, is selected from the top wind and percussion students in the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Five to seven concerts are performed on and off campus throughout the academic year, frequently with guest soloists, conductors and composers. Their repertoire consists of the finest wind music from Bach to major contemporary composers and occasional works by talented Lawrence students. The ensemble has performed at regional and national conventions and has enjoyed a close association with many American composers. Several acclaimed recordings have been produced with the group, with the latest issued in winter 2013. The ensemble also received the prestigious invitation to perform at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in 2013.
The repertoire for the contemporary wind band is deepening and expanding on a regular basis. While the historical core of the wind ensemble is primarily comprised of music written by male composers of European descent, the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble honors the ever-increasing repertoire written by composers from previously under-represented populations. A primary commitment of the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble is to make every effort to perform at least one piece on every concert that is by a composer from an under-represented background.
All large ensemble concerts performed in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel can be enjoyed around the world through our live, four camera video webcasts.