The West Liberty Wind Ensemble

Dr. Matthew Inkster, Director of Instrumental Activities
Dr. Inkster is currently on leave. Prof. Patrick Garrett will be leading the Wind Ensemble for the 2015-2016 academic year.

August 2008 WLU Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is the University’s premiere instrumental ensemble. The group performs a variety of repertoire written for the modern wind ensemble and provides music for major college convocations, presents concerts, and regularly performs off-campus. Membership is open, by audition, to all students.

Are you interested in auditioning?  You’ll find audition information and material here.

View a listing of Current W.E. Personnel.

View WL Wind Ensemble recent repertoire highlights below OR view a complete listing of WL Wind Ensemble repertoire from past performances (2004-present).

Contact Prof. Patrick Garrett, conductor


Past Performances

West Liberty Wind Ensemble (Forthcoming: May, 2015)

  • Mercury on the Moon—Scott McAllister
  • Suite from Mass for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble—Leonard Bernstein
  • Handel in the Strand—Percy Grainger

West Liberty Chamber Wind Ensemble (Forthcoming: April, 2015)

  • Façade – An Entertainment—William Walton

West Liberty Wind Ensemble Concert Tour (Selected From) Spring 2015

  • Mercury on the Moon—Scott McAllister
  • “West Point Symphony” for Band—Morton Gould
  • Suite from Mass for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble—Leonard Bernstein
  • Handel in the Strand—Percy Grainger
  • Suite of Old American Dances—Robert Russell Bennett

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble (Forthcoming: PRISM Concert, January 22, 2015)

  • The Kings Go Forth—Edward Gregson

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble and the Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet—October 30, 2014

  • Concerto for Saxophone Quartet—David Maslanka (With Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet)
  • Variations on a Korean Folk Song—John Barnes Chance (With Wheeling Park HS Select Band)
  • Irish Tune from County Derry—Percy Grainger
  • American Elegy—Frank Ticheli

West Liberty Chamber Wind Ensemble Rocky Mountain Concert Tour—May 13-23, 2014

  • Sinfonietta—Joachim Raff
  • Little Symphony—Franz Schubert/Verne Reynolds
  • Divertissement—Emile Bernard
  • Old Wine in New Bottles—Gordon Jacob

West Liberty Wind Ensemble – The ‘60’s: A Decade of Tragedy, Trial and Triumph—May 1, 2014

  • Music for Prague – 1968—Karel Husa
  • Fanfare for the Inauguration of JFK—Leonard Bernstein
  • In C.— Terry Riley
  • Elegy for a Young American—Ronald LoPresti
  • A Movement for Rosa—Mark Camphouse

West Liberty Wind Ensemble Concert Tour (Selected From) 2014

  • Krump—Scott McAllister
  • Military Symphony in F—Francois Joseph Gossec
  • Toccata Marziale—Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Undertow—John Mackey

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble (PRISM Concert)—December 6, 2013

  • Krump—Scott McAllister
  • Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!—Eric Whitacre

West Liberty Wind Ensemble—October 23, 2013:

  • Slava!—Leonard Bernstein
  • Variations on a Shaker Melody—Aaron Copland
  • Overture to “Candide”—Leonard Bernstein
  • El Salon Mexico—Aaron Copland

West Liberty Wind Ensemble—May 2, 2013:

  • Co-premiere of This World Alive—Steve Danyew
  • Divertimento for Band—Vincent Persichetti
  • Lollapalooza—John Adams/Spinazzola
  • Old American Songs—Aaron Copland/Sylvester (Concerto Competition Winner—Alan Cline, baritone)
  • Florentiner Grand Italian March—Julius Fučík

Spring 2013 Tour (Feb. 27-28, April 3) and Concert selected from:

  • Co-premiere of commissioned work—Steve Danyew
  • Vientos y Tangos—Michael Gandolfi
  • Lincolnshire Posy—Percy Grainger
  • Hymn to the Fallen—John Williams/Lavender
  • Cousins—Herbert L. Clarke

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble—November 15, 2012 “PRISM Concert 2012”
In Conjunction with Tri-State Select Honor Band

  • Festive Overture—Dmitri Schostakovich, arr. Donald Hunsberger
  • Variations on “Carnival of Venice”—Herbert L. Clarke, Dr. Matthew Inkster—Cornet Soloist
  • Dance of the New World—Dana Wilson

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble and the AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET—October 24, 2012:

  • Shadowcatcher: Concerto for Brass Quintet and Winds—Eric Ewazen with the American Brass Quintet
  • “Song for Lori Piestewa” from Worth of the Soul with Chorus and Soloists—Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate
  • Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral—Richard Wagner/Cailliet
  • Armed Forces Salute—Bob Lowden

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble—May 3, 2012:

  • Instinctive Travels—Michael Markowski
  • Suite Francaise—Darius Milhaud
  • Variants on a Medaieval Tune—Norman Dello Joio
  • Concerto for Clarinet—W.A. Mozart (Concerto Competition Winner Marlena Sell)

Spring 2012 Chamber Wind Ensemble Tour and Concert Repertoire selected from:

  • Old Wine in New Bottles—Gordon Jacob
  • Sinfonietta—Joachim Raff
  • Petite Symphonie—Charles Gounod

Spring 2012 Tour (Feb. 23-24) and Concert (Feb. 22) selected from:

  • Short Ride in a Fast Machine—John Adams
  • Variants on a Medaieval Tune—Norman Dello Joio
  • Suite Francaise—Darius Milhaud
  • Victory at Sea—Richard Rogers
  • Concerto for Marimba—Yiu-kwong Chung, Prof. Brian Baldauff-Marimba Soloist

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble—December 2, 2011 “PRISM Concert 2011”
In Conjunction with Tri-State Select Honor Band

  • Concerto for Clarinet—Artie Shaw, Dr. Christopher Barrick-Clarinet Soloist
  • Concerto for Marimba—Yiu-kwong Chung, Prof. Brian Baldauff-Marimba Soloist
  • Old Wine in New Bottles—Gordon Jacob
  • Equus—Eric Whitacre

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble—October 20, 2011

  • Second Suite in F for Military Band—Gustav Holst
  • October—Eric Whitacre
  • Walking Tune—Percy Aldridge Grainger
  • Acrostic Song (from Final Alice)—David Del Tredici/Mark Spede
  • Ride—Samuel R. Hazo

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble—April 28, 2011, Capitol Theater, “Another British Invasion”

  • World Premiere of “Fantasy on Victorious Known Triads”—Dr. Matthew Harder
  • Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo—Gustav Holst
  • William Byrd Suite—Gordon Jacob
  • Colonial Song—Percy Grainger
  • Rhosymedre—Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Concerto for Tuba—Edward Gregson (Concerto Competition Winner Alan Cline)
  • Celtic Hymns and Dances—Eric Ewazen

Spring 2011 Tour and Concert Repertoire to be selected from:

  • Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo—Gustav Holst
  • Symphonic Songs—Robert Russell Bennett
  • Symphony in B-flat—Paul Hindemith
  • Scenes from “The Louvre”—Norman Dello Joio
  • William Byrd Suite—Gordon Jacob
  • Divertimento for Band—Vincent Persichetti
  • Suite Francaise—Darius Milhaud
  • Premiere of a new work for wind ensemble—Dr. Matthew Harder
  • Concerto for Tuba—Edward Gregson (Concerto Competition Winner Alan Cline)

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble—November 18, 2010 “PRISM Concert 2010”
In Conjunction with Tri-State Select Honor Band

  • Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night—Elliot del Borgo
  • Aurora Awakes—John Mackey
  • Fantasia for Alto Saxophone—Claude T. Smith

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble—October 14, 2010

  • Radiant Joy—Steven Bryant
  • O Nata Lux—Guy Forbes/Preston Hazzard
  • “Profanation” from Symphony #2—Leonard Bernstein/Frank Bencriscutto
  • Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night—Elliot Del Borgo

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble—April 28, 2010

  • Carmina Burana (Wind Ensemble with vocal soloists)—Carl Orff/John Krance
  • Armenian Dances Part I—Alfred Reed
  • Concertino for Percussionist—James Curnow (Concerto Competition Winner Kelsi Clower)
  • Three Quotations—J.P. Sousa

West Liberty University Wind Ensemble—March 21, 2010, Capitol Theater, “Vive La France”

  • Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale—Hector Berlioz/M. Inkster
  • Orient et Occident—Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Paris Sketches—Martin Ellerby
  • King of France Grand Concert March (From 3 Quotations)—J.P. Sousa
  • Cajun Folksongs—Frank Ticheli (with the Ritchie County HS Wind Ensemble)
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