The Texas State Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Caroline Beatty, is comprised of the most outstanding wind and percussion majors at the university as selected by audition. The ensemble is dedicated to the performance of the finest wind band repertoire whether contemporary or traditional. The ensemble frequently travels and has performed for such prestigious music associations as the Texas Music Educators Association (2015, 2011, 2007, 1994, 1988, 1983, and 1978), the College Band Directors National Association (2014, 2011, 2008 & 1990), the College Music Society (2006), and the Music Educators National Conference (1992).
The ensemble regularly enjoys collaborating with outstanding guest artists and composers. Recent events have included working with composers Steven Bryant, John Mackey, Michael Ippolito, Margaret Brouwer, Ryan Chase, David Maslanka, Jonathan Newman, and Scott McAllister. Guest artists being featured during the 2015-2016 academic year include vocalists Ron Ulen and Margaret Rose Koenn, and cellist Karla Hamelin.
The Wind Symphony rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:50 pm in the fall semester. In the spring, the schedule is Monday 4:00 to 5:20 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-4:20 p.m. Each student earns one hour of credit for participation.
—Hear the Texas State Wind Symphony on the following recordings—
TMEA 2015 Texas State Wind Symphony – Mark Records Label
“Winds of Time” by David Heckendorn - Todd Oxford, Saxophone – Equilibium Label
Live! Texas State Wind Symphony and Bobcat Marching Band
“Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey – ostimusic.com
“Triumph” by Steven Bryant – stevenbryant.com
“…my consciousness” by Daniel Montoya – danielmontoya.com
The Texas State Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. Kyle Glaser, is comprised of both music and non-music majors and performs the finest classic and contemporary literature for winds. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays in both the fall and spring semesters from 12:30 to 2:20 pm and each student receives one hour of university credit per semester for participation.
The Texas State Concert Band, conducted by Mr. Matthew Holzner, meets in both the fall and spring semesters and is open to all students. Membership in the Concert Band consists of both music and non-music majors. Non-music majors are not required to audition for and every student in the university regardless of major is invited and encouraged to participate. One hour of university credit is given to each participating student. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-6:50 pm.