YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE
The wind band program at Youngstown State University encompasses a wide range of performance groups from concert bands and chamber groups to marching, pep, and jazz organizations. Over 275 students perform annually in one or more of these bands. Comprised of the top wind and percussion students in the Dana School of Music, the WE performs a broad spectrum of music. The ensemble has been involved in numerous commissions and has had recent in-residence experiences with Michael Colgrass, Joseph Schwantner, Karel Husa, Carter Pann, Samuel Adler, Eric Ewazen, Frank Ticheli, Adam Frey, Anthony Iannaccone, Donald Sinta, David Gillingham, James Keene, Don Wilcox, and Ed Lisk. The YSU Wind Ensemble has recently performed at the MENC Biennial Convention, for numerous OMEA State Conventions, for CBDNA Regional and National Conventions, and at the ABSDA National Convention. In March 2005 the band made its début in Carnegie Hall. Old Wine in New Bottles is the ensemble’s second Naxos international release following an earlier recording, Urban Requiem. These Naxos recordings were preceded by Tipping Points, Spin Cycle, Carnival, Star Wars and Other Scores and Lions and Jesters and Dragons, Oh My!
Photo courtesy of Bruce W. Palmer