Roberts Wesleyan Wind Ensemble
Paul Shewan, conductor
"A jaw-dropping performance...the definitive recording." -Ron Nelson
The Roberts Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble is recognized for its dynamic performances of the highest quality literature from diverse time periods and cultures.
In addition to performing on campus, the Wind Ensemble tours to various locations throughout the Northeast every other February. The ensemble also enjoys forming friendships and growing in musicality and faith at an annual fall retreat. In the fall of 2017, the ensemble collaborated with the Eastman Community Music School Educators Wind Ensemble in a combined performance at the Roberts Cultural Life Center. The group has further performed at the NYSSMA and NYSBDA conferences. Recordings for the Albany label include Stephen Shewan's King David's Dance and Suite for Marice and Ron Nelson's Te Deum Laundamus. Nelson called it a "jaw-dropping performance...the definitive recording." The group performs run-out concerts at area schools, leads masterclasses for high school students, performs benefit concerts, features guest conductors, and coordinates several other exciting performing opportunities each year. Under the direction of Paul Shewan, the Wind Ensemble is comprised of music majors and non-music majors alike.
Some of the works performed in 2018-19 include Folk Festival (Shostakovich), Light Cavalry Overture (von Suppé), The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Reed), King Cotton March (Sousa), Savannah River Holiday (Nelson), Tico, Tico (Abreu), The Stars and Stripes Forever (Sousa), Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537 (Bach), Divertimento (Bernstein), Illyrian Dances (Woolfenden), Aegean Festival Overture (Makris), Festive Overture (Shostakovich), Awayday (Gorb), Suite of Old American Dances (Bennett), Hymn to a Blue Hour (Mackey), and The Year of the Dragon (Sparke).