University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble

Instructed by: Richard Gillis
Who is Eligible: The Wind Ensemble is, primarily, wind, brass and percussion majors at the Faculty of Music. However, ANY university age musician is eligible to play with the Ensemble and we regularly have 2 or 3 non-music students playing in the group.
Fee Structure: A nominal fee for non-music students will be charged.
Days & Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays
1:30 to 3:45 pm at The Great Hall
Trombone Line

Now in its fourth decade, the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble continues to program and perform first-class repertoire, including works by Benson, Grainger, Hindemith, Holst, Husa, and Schwantner.  The chamber winds, an off-shoot of the wind ensemble, offers students an opportunity to perform works written for smaller forces, including antiphonal brass music by Gabrieli, serenades by Mozart and Dvorak, and theatre music by Kurt Weill.  The ensemble has also been active in commissioning and performing new music for winds, including pieces by Canadian composers Bruce Carlson, Allan Gilliland and Michael Matthews.

The U of M Wind Ensemble has performed throughout Manitoba and Western Canada, has several times been an invited guest ensemble at the Cantando International Music Festival in Edmonton, as well as having performed at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival for the past three years.  The Ensemble has released two CDs of Canadian Wind Band Music, North Winds I & II, with a third in progress. 

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Concertino for Four Solo Percussion and Wind Ensemble
Mars from The Planets

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Dreams and Dances by Richard Gillis.
Recorded live on February 12, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA.
Allen Harrington, alto saxophone & Richard Gillis, trumpet.
Fraser Linklater, conductor.

The Hut of Baba Yaga from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modeste Mussorgsky.
Recorded live on November 26, 2010 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA.
Conducted by Dr. Fraser Linklater.



Saturday afternoon, October 2, 2010
Clinicians — Steve Dyer; Allen Harrington; Jeff Johnson; Joan Linklater; Stewart Smith; Andrew Wahl
Special guest clinician — Allan McMurray, Director of Bands, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Wind Retreat 2 Allan McMurray Wind Retreat 3




The idea for the North Winds project is to provide recordings of some basic, quality repertoire by Canadian composers and arrangers at the easier difficulty levels that can serve as a reference for teachers and a model for students.

North Winds I was released in spring 2007 and North Winds II was released in spring 2009.  North Winds III and IV are also now available.

A sampling of Canadian wind band music recorded so far includes:
•  A French-Canadian Suite — Arnold MacLaughlan
•  Apache Lullaby — Michael Colgrass
•  Blanche Comme la Neige — Harry Freedman
•  Christening and Finale from 'Henry VIII' — Gary Kulesha
•  Grouse Mountain Lullaby — Stephen Chatman
•  Newfoundland Folk Song — Jim Duff
•  Scene in Iqaluit — Howard Cable
•  Songs for the Morning Band — Donald Coakley
•  Temperature Rising — Nancy Telfer
•  Three Folk Miniatures — André Jutras
•  Variations on a Rollicking Tune — Jack Sirulnikoff
•  West of Bali — Sid Robinovitch

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