The Parkland Wind Ensemble is a dynamic, contemporary ensemble in the model of a small concert band. Every musician has a distinct part, and every part is important. This ensemble includes student members who are enrolled for credit as well as many community members ranging in age range from 15 years old to post-retirement seniors. This ensemble consists of wind instruments traditionally found in school bands, and can be considered an extension of that model for instrumental music education. The instruments included are Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, and Percussion. The focus of music performed favors modern compositions, popular music, and orchestral transcriptions.
The Wind Ensemble presents concerts twice every semester in the Harold and Jean Miner Theater on the Parkland Campus, as well as performances associated with the Parkland Honors Convocation and Commencement exercises every May. The smaller size of this ensemble allows it to perform off-campus as well. Venues for these performances have included the Windsor of Savoy, the Parade of Lights celebration in downtown Champaign, Carriage Crossing, and Market on the Square in Urbana.
For more information about the Parkland Wind Ensemble, please contact Jonathan Beckett at 217/373-3782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.