Oregon Wind Ensemble
Rodney Dorsey, conductor
The Oregon Wind Ensemble, one of the Northwest's premiere wind groups, is comprised of about 45 of the most talented wind, brass and percussion students on the University of Oregon campus. Its repertoire ranges from traditional band works, to one-on-a part chamber works, to world premieres. The Oregon Wind Ensemble has appeared at numerous national, regional, and state conventions, and performs approximately eight to ten times each academic year. Recent highlights include appearances at the Oregon State Music Educator's Conference, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, a tour to Southern Oregon and California, and a memorable performance with saxophone virtuoso Eugene Rousseau. Repertoire highlights included such works as The Lord of the Rings by Johan deMeij, Postcard by Frank Ticheli, Scherzo by Leonard Bernstein, Rocky Point Holiday by Ron Nelson, Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger, and many others. Auditions for the Oregon Wind Ensemble are held in the Fall of each year during New Student Week. Further auditions are held in the Winter and Spring only if openings should occur. The audition consists of a prepared piece (approx. three to five minutes), scales and sight-reading. The Oregon Wind Ensemble has a long tradition of excellence and we invite you to be a part of that wonderful tradition.
Oregon Symphonic Band
Rodney Dorsey, conductor
The Oregon Symphonic Band (OSB), an organization of approximately 60 musicians, is selected by audition. Although many members are music majors, students studying in other areas often qualify for this ensemble. The OSB, which performs traditional and contemporary works for the wind band medium, enjoys a fine reputation as a group committed to the highest musical standards. Recent performances have included First Suite in E-flat, Incantation and Dance, Profanation, A Movement for Rosa, and Baron Cimetière's Mambo. During the fall quarter, the OSB meets on Tuesday and Thursday (to help accommodate Oregon Marching Band members). During the winter and spring quarters, rehearsals are held on Monday and Wednesday.
Eric Wiltshire, conductor
The UO Campus Band is a concert band open to all students (no audition) and is specifically designed for the non-music major. The OCB is also a popular ensemble choice among many music majors who are interested in gaining additional secondary instrument performance experience. The UO Campus Band meets every Wednesday evening for a two-hour rehearsal during fall, winter, and spring terms, and performs a concert at the end of each quarter. During fall term the UO Campus Band rehearsal schedule does not conflict with Oregon Marching Band rehearsals, so that students will have the opportunity to perform in both groups.