Wind Ensemble Percussion Section

University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble performs outstanding literature for woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Consisting of non-majors and majors, this ensemble performs two to three concerts a semester and rehearses twice a week.

The Wind Ensemble plays music from all centuries – from Susato and Berlioz to Augusta Read Thomas. Repertoire consists mostly of original works for winds, with some transcriptions and popular music. The Wind Ensemble is also dedicated to new music, and has premiered works (most recently) by Tim Mahr, Ryan George, Julie Giroux, and Jodie Blackshaw.  Most recent guest soloists and guest conductors include Jim Ripley, Ray Cramer, Ami Bouterse, Alison Hull, Russ Johnson, Suzanne Geoffrey, Dave Bayles, James Sodke, and Gaudete Brass Quintet.

The Wind Ensemble is open to all University students by audition for 1 credit.

Rehearsals are Mondays from 3:30 to 5:20 pm and Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

For more information, contact Dr. Laura Rexroth.

Community Band

University of Wisconsin-Parkside Community Band

The UW-Parkside Community Band is a 65-member adult ensemble that performs four concerts each academic season in beautiful Bedford Hall in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. The ensemble performs original works for band, orchestral transcriptions, contemporary compositions, and popular selections.

The Community Band rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30 pm, September through April. Adult members are invited to participate on a no-credit, no-fee basis, however, University credit is also available. 

For more information, contact Dr. Laura Rexroth.

Honor Band


Saturday, January 6, 2024
Bedford Concert Hall
Rita Tallent Picken
Regional Center for Arts and Humanities
University of Wisconsin-Parkside

This ensemble represents some of the finest young musicians in Wisconsin and Illinois. Musicians are selected from a larger pool of players nominated by their high school band directors.

This is a one-day festival. We work with speed and intensity all day! Musicians see the music for the first time in the morning and produce a concert performance in the evening.

For more information, contact Dr. Laura Rexroth.

Listen to the Bands

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Gavorkna Fanfare

UW-Parkside Wind Ensemble plays "Gavorkna Fanfare" by Jack Stamp

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March Past of the Kitchen Utensils

Members of UW-Parkside Bands perform March Past of the Kitchen Utensils from the Aristophanic Suite, "The Wasps" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Laura Rexroth, conductor.

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Begone, Dull Care

Members of UW-Parkside Bands perform Begone, Dull Care from Old Wine in New Bottles by Gordon Jacob. Laura Rexroth, conductor.

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