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University Wind Ensemble

Matthew Sadowski, conductor

Fall 2019

Music 142  |  Class #: 22900  |  Units: 2
Meets: Mon 4-6 PM / Wed 1-3 PM, 3 Chavez Center (BRH – Band Rehearsal Hall)
Members: Excused Absence Request Form

Spring 2020 Auditions: January 21-25

Audition sign-ups will take place online. A link to the sign-up form will be posted on this page by early January.

Audition Information & Playing Requirements [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]

Wind Ensemble I

Music 142  |  Class #: 20818  |  Units: 2
Meets: Mon/Wed 4-6 PM, 3 Chavez Center (BRH – Band Rehearsal Hall)

Wind Ensemble II

Music 142  |  Class #: 20819  |  Units: 2
Meets: Tue/Thu 4-6 PM, 3 Chavez Center (BRH – Band Rehearsal Hall)

Description and History

The UC Berkeley 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 took over as Director of Bands in 1995. The Wind Ensemble performs regularly on campus and beyond, including at least once per semester in Hertz Hall.

Wind Ensemble I meets every fall and spring semester. Membership is attained by audition only. Spring auditions may be waived for those who are admitted in the fall. WE I performs at least two evening and/or weekend concerts in Hertz Hall each semester, as well as one noon concert. WE I members may enroll in WE II on a secondary instrument with instructor approval. Students who audition for WE I but are not accepted are encouraged to enroll in WE II.

Wind Ensemble II meets only during each spring semester. While membership is open to all, an audition is still required for part assignments. You may audition for Wind Ensemble I & II simultaneously. WE II performs at least two evening and/or weekend concerts in Hertz Hall.

Participation & Enrollment Information

Admission to the UCBWE is by audition only. Admission is open to everyone – UC Berkeley students, alumni, faculty, staff, affiliates, and unaffiliated community members alike. Current students who are admitted are expected to enroll in Music 142: University Wind Ensemble for credit; exceptions will be reviewed on an individual basis. Regular attendance at weekly rehearsals and participation in all public performances is required. Auditions take place at the beginning of each fall and spring semester.

Audition information for all performance opportunities in the Music Department.

Upcoming Performances

Friday, December 6, 2019  |  8:00 PM  |  Hertz Hall  |  Event Detail

Friday, February 28, 2020  |  8:00 PM  |  Hertz Hall

Friday, April 24, 2020  |  8:00 PM  |  Hertz Hall

Wednesday, April 29, 2020  |  12:15 PM  |  Hertz Hall

UCB Music Department Events Calendar

Past Performances

Concert Program Archive