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Wind Ensemble

USC Wind Ensemble

The USC Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band at Carolina and is passionately committed to new music.

The USC Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band at the University of South Carolina and is under the direction of Scott Weiss. Passionately committed to new music, the ensemble has premiered works by numerous composers, including Jennifer Higdon, David Dzubay, Joseph Turrin, Kevin Walczyk, Steven Bryant and John Mackey. In addition, the ensemble embraces the standard wind band repertoire, including works by Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schoenberg, Aaron Copland, Karel Husa, Vincent Persichetti, Gustav Holst and many others.

Recent highlights of the ensemble include performing the final evening concert at the 2013 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) National Conference, an historic concert tour of China in March 2012, a featured performance at the 2012 South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference, and an east coast tour in 2011.

The ensemble recently recorded an all-Bernstein CD for the Naxos label, released internationally in 2013 that has been critically acclaimed by music critics around the world. See the reviews.

In March 2014 the USC Wind Ensemble will perform for the American Bandmasters Association Convention in Montgomery, Alabama.

How to join

Membership in the USC Wind Ensemble is open to all students on campus regardless of major or classification. Placement into the ensemble is determined by blind audition each semester. Auditions include scales, prepared pieces and sight-reading. Materials are posted online prior to each audition.

Learn how to audition.

Audition repertoire will be posted soon.

USC Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Scott Weiss.