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.