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.

2017 Wind Band Invitational

The University of New Hampshire’s annual Wind Band Invitational will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. Seven high school bands from New England will participate in a day of clinics and performances on the UNH campus. This year’s invited schools are Marshwood, Sanborn Regional, Kearsarge Regional, Winnacunnet, Campbell, Somersworth and Exeter. Participating ensembles will receive a 40 minute clinic from both Dr. Boysen and a guest composer/ conductor. Each ensemble will be able to observe the performances of the other visiting bands along with a performance by the UNH Wind Symphony. Recent guest artists have included Ryan J. Nowlin, Brant Karrick, Daniel Bukvich, and Mark Camphouse. It is truly a great opportunity for young musicians and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

We are very excited to be hosting composer/ conductor Dr. Timothy Mahr from St. Olaf College as our guest clinician this year. You can read more about Dr. Mahr in his biography below. Each group will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Mahr on one of his compositions. We hope you will join us after all of the clinics at 8pm in Johnson Theatre for a special concert with the UNH Wind Symphony entitled “The Wisconsin Connection,” featuring Dr. Mahr conducting his own Symphony No. 1.  

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Wind Symphony Releases New Compact Disc

In the fall of 2015, the Wind Symphony proudly released its sixth compact disc recording, and its fifth in a series of recordings featuring the works of specific composers. This time, the focus was on the music of one of our own faculty members, Michael Annicchiarico, who has contributed several wonderful pieces to the wind band repertoire (including a full length score to the Douglas Fairbanks silent film classic, The Iron Mask, previously released by the Wind Symphony on DVD). This new recording features the rest of Professor Annicchiarico's wind band output, including his Landscapes, S'a'int Funk, Chelmsford Common, and Mythologies.

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

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

The Music of David Maslanka and The Music of Daniel Bukvich were both selected for inclusion on the Grammy Entry List and all of the above recordings are available for purchase through the music department office or through iTunes or Spotify.


Wind Band Invitational

This year's Wind Band Invitational will occur on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. This annual event invites seven bands from the New England region to participate in a day of clinics and performances on the UNH campus. Each ensemble has the opportunity to observe other bands, hear a performance by the Wind Symphony, and receive clinics from Dr. Boysen and a guest composer/conductor. Recent guest artists have included Brant Karrick, Daniel Bukvich, and Mark Camphouse. It is traditionally a wonderful day of learning and music-making for all involved.


This year we are honored to have with us guest composer/conductor 1st Lt. Ryan Nowlin, assistant conductor of the United States Marine Band, whose biography appears below. We hope you will consider joining us for 1st Lt. Nowlin's appearances in concert with the Wind Symphony on May 4 and the Symphonic Band and Concert Band on May 5.


Assistant Director First Lieutenant Ryan J. Nowlin joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2010 as a staff arranger. He was appointed Assistant Director and commissioned a first lieutenant in July 2014.

With “The President’s Own,” 1st Lt. Nowlin has arranged and composed a variety of selections for the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, brass quintet, and various other small ensembles. His music has been performed at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, across the country during the band’s annual concert tour, at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and at the National Association for Music Education’s Music Education Week in Baltimore. As an arranger for the Marine Band, 1st Lt. Nowlin has created original arrangements of “America” and the National Anthem for performance at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, which was featured on the 2013 Marine Band recording, From the Keyboard.

He has served as a conductor for the fall and winter Chamber Music Series and the band’s Conductor Training Program in 2013. He was nominated for his current position in 2014.

1st Lt. Nowlin’s early music instruction was on the piano and French horn. Upon graduating in 1996 from North Royalton High School in Ohio, he attended Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2000 and a master’s degree in music education and conducting in 2004. He studied with Herbert Spencer and Bruce Moss at BGSU, as well as prolific composer Anne McGinty.

Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” 1st Lt. Nowlin was an instructor at BGSU and served as a staff arranger for the BGSU Falcon Marching Band. Additionally, he was an instructor at BGSU where he taught band arranging, conducting, and was the assistant director of athletic bands. He was an instrumental music teacher for 10 years serving as an assistant band director at Jackson City Schools in Ohio and most recently was the director of bands at Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District in Ohio.

In addition to his duties with “The President’s Own,” 1st Lt. Nowlin has appeared as a conductor and clinician with several ensembles to include the Kansas State University Wind Ensemble and Chorus; the Capital University Honors Wind Ensemble in Bexley, Ohio; the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Wind Ensemble; and the Defiance College Community Band, also in Ohio.

1st Lt. Nowlin, the son of Steele Nowlin and Chris Jayjack of Broadview Heights, currently lives in Fairfax Station, Va., with his wife Danielle and their children Joseph and Abby.



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.