The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen, is the select wind ensemble consisting of approximately 45 instrumentalists. They perform a wide range of music for winds, from small chamber ensembles to full band literature. Works are generally quite difficult and include both classics and contemporary music in the repertory. Wind Ensemble rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Auditions for membership are held in the fall.

Wind Symphony Releases New Compact Disc

Composer Daniel Bukvich held a residency with the University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony in April, 2013. During this time, the ensemble recorded an album of Bukvich's music which has been released on the Mark Custom label. The album is available for purchase through various retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.com.

Pieces include:

  • Buffalo Jump Ritual
  • Threnos
  • Jack Teagarden Enters Heaven (Nicholas Orovich,Trombone)
  • The Virgin and Child with St. Anne
  • Ballroom Portraits: I. Irene and Vernon Castle
  • Ballroom Portraits: II. Harry Fox
  • Ballroom Portraits: III. Elida Webb and Flournoy Miller
  • Ballroom Portraits: IV. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
  • Ballroom Portraits: V. George Shorty Snowden

This adds to the growing catalog of recordings by the UNH Wind Symphony, including:

  • The Music of Mark Camphouse
  • Echoes of the Holocaust
  • The Music of David Maslanka
  • The Music of Timothy Mahr

Past Performances of Note

The UNH Wind Symphony have added more prestigious appearances to their portfolio.

In 2011, they performed at the MENC Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Their unique program included Fanfare for the Great Hall, by Jack Stamp, conducted by Casey Goodwin, UNH Director of Athletic Bands; Ecstatic Waters, by Steven Bryant, featuring electronic music synchronized with the ensemble; and Twilight of the Gods, by Andrew Boysen with visual art by UNH graduate Erik Evensen. The Wind Symphony gave a tour performance at Salem High School in New Hampshire on the way down to Baltimore.

In 2004, they were featured at The College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Convention held in Baltimore, MD. and at the New York State Band Directors Association Convention held in Syracuse, NY.
Andrew Boysen, conductor, was joined by guest conductors Mark DeTurk and Erika Svanoe. Jenni Cook was the guest soloist for one of Ms. Svanoe's selections, Four Grainger Songs, by Percy Grainger, arranged by Erika Svanoe. Mark DeTurk led the Wind Symphony in Santa Fe Saga by Morton Gould. Andrew Boysen conducted Messagio, by Zdenek Lukas, Rondino in E Flat by Ludwig van Beethoven, Relentless, by Andrew Boysen, and the world premiere of 'S'aint Funk (patron saint of da groove) written by Michael Annicchiarico, one of the department's composers.