University Wind Ensemble

Course Number: Music 142
Instructor: Robert Calonico
Rehearsal: Class meeting times vary each semester. See the UC Class Schedule to search for current class times.
Class location: 3 Chavez Center

Description and History

The University Wind Ensemble is offered for the study and practice of traditional and contemporary wind band repertoire. The Wind Ensemble’s long history at Cal dates back to before the 1930s, when the group was directed by Charles Cushing. In 1950, James Berdahl assumed the directorship and remained until the late 1970s. The Wind Ensemble’s activities were revived when Robert Calonico (also Director of UC Bands) took over as director in 1995. The Wind Ensemble performs regularly, including once per semester in Hertz Hall.


Membership in the Wind Ensemble is open to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley only, and an audition is required.
Regular attendance at weekly rehearsals and participation in public performances is required.

Audition Information

Auditions occur during the first week of classes. Call (510) 643-9644 or stop by Room 43 César Chavez Center to schedule an audition.

Audition information for all performance opportunities in the Music Department.

Sound Clips

From the 10/29/2006 concert:

Upcoming Performances

  • Sunday, April 23 3pm – Hertz Hall – $16/12/5
    Robert Calonico, director
    HAZO Sevens
    GRAINGER Lincolnshire Posy
    SCHUMAN Chester
    ARNOLD Four Scottish Dances
    Jacob DE HAAN Ross Roy
    Tickets required: $16 General admission (all seats unreserved),  $12 non-UCB students, seniors, current & retired Berkeley staff & faculty, groups of ten or more,  $5 UC Berkeley students (student ID required)Ticket info: Purchase tickets at the door starting one hour before the performance. Tickets go on sale March 9. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988. 

For more information, see our events calendar

Recent Performances

Past performances