The Wind Ensemble is the premier large instrumental ensemble at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Comprised almost exclusively of undergraduate and graduate music majors, the Wind Ensemble is equally dedicated to the performance of the cornerstones of wind literature, the finest contemporary works, and a rich and varied repertoire composed for chamber winds. Led by Phillip L. Clements, director of bands, the Wind Ensemble continues to be on the forefront of new music for wind band, consistently commissioning new works from the nation’s leading composers. The ensemble is continually involved in collaborations with guest artists and composers. Recent guests include Allen Vizzutti, David Maslanka, James Syler, David Sampson, Bradley Bodine and Michael Daugherty.
Texas A&M University-Commerce is recognized as one of the leading producers of music educators in the state of Texas and many former members of the TAMU-Commerce Wind Ensemble have gone on to highly successful careers as performers and educators throughout the United States. The Wind Ensemble has performed at numerous conventions of the Texas Music Educator’s Association (most recently in 2013) and the College Band Director’s National Association (CBDNA). In the spring of 2012, the Wind Ensemble performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall as well as the Southwestern Division Conference of the CBDNA. The Wind Ensemble’s latest compact disk, “Convergence” was released in 2013.
Symphonic and Concert Band
The Symphonic Band and Concert Band are comprised of undergraduate music and non-music majors who have demonstrated an outstanding level of musicianship and a commitment to excellence. The mission of the Symphonic Band and Concert Band is to prepare teachers for careers in music education through exposure to challenging new works for wind band in addition to performing a number of works considered to be the "cornerstones" of wind literature. Both ensembles are conducted by Mr. Allan Goodwin, Associate Director of Bands.