Wind Ensemble

Scott Deppe directing the Wind Ensemble at Lamarrismo

Directed by Dr. Andrew McMahan, the Wind Ensemble is the premiere large ensemble at Lamar University. This ensemble is a process-oriented group that provides an opportunity for musicians to emphasize interactive musical skills in a large ensemble setting.

While promoting the advancement of wind music of artistic and historical merit, it reinforces the skills taught in the studio and develops the application of those skills. This course is designed to advance the growth of the students’ overall musicianship and to promote a lifelong love and respect of music.

Each year, members participate in Lamar’s Conducting Symposium, featuring an outstanding wind-band guest conductor as clinician. Membership is by audition only and is open to all university students regardless of major. Contact Dr. McMahan for more information concerning the audition process.

The Wind Ensemble has performed at many state, national and international conventions throughout the country. Performances include Music Educators National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association Convention and the Western International Band Clinic Conference.

The wind and percussion programs at Lamar University are among the most active programs on campus.

There are five performing ensembles: Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Cardinal Basketball Pep Band, Jazz Band and “The Showcase of Southeast Texas,” Lamar University’s marching band.

These bands are open to all students regardless of major. Partial tuition and housing waiver scholarships are available to students based on talent and departmental need upon successful completion of a scholarship audition.