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 (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). In the spring of 2015, the ensemble will return to the TMEA stage.
In recent years, the ensemble has collaborated with composers John Mackey, Margaret Brouwer, Ryan Chase, David Maslanka, Steven Bryant, Jonathan Newman, Scott McAllister, Donald Grantham, among others.
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.