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University Wind Ensemble

Course Number: Music 142
Instructor: Matthew Sadowski
Rehearsal: Mondays, 4-6 PM, and Wednesdays, 1-3 PM
Class Location: Band Rehearsal Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center
Members: Submit an Absence Request Form

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 on campus and beyond, including at least once per semester in Hertz Hall.

Upcoming Performances

Sunday, October 28, 2018 – 3 PM – Hertz Hall

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 12:00 PM – Hertz Hall


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

Members: Submit an Absence Request Form

Audition Information

Auditions occur during the first week of classes each fall and spring semester. Stop by Room 43 César Chavez Student Center to schedule an audition or call (510) 643-9644.

Playing Requirements:

  1. Scales;
  2. Prepared repertoire of your choice (1-3 minutes total);
  3. Sight-reading (provided in the audition).

Audition information for all performance opportunities in the Music Department.

Past Performances

Concert Program Archive