CARNEGIE MELLON WIND ENSEMBLE
The Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble traces its roots back to the Carnegie Tech Kiltie Band. Founded in 1908 by just seven people, the Kiltie Band grew and enjoyed a long and distinguished history as a full concert band. For the next four decades, it was the pre-eminent performing ensemble in the university. In 1976 Leonard Geissel reorganized the group into the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble and positioned it as a major performing ensemble for the School of Music’s wind, brass and percussion majors. After Geissel’s departure in the late 1980s, the ensemble had a series of directors, including Keith Lockhart (now with the Boston Pops). Denis Colwell, the former music director of the River City Brass, directed the ensemble from 1993 until 2011. Upon Denis Colwell’s promotion to department head in 2011, Music Directors Thomas Thompson and George Vosburgh, along with Associate Director Stephen Story, are currently directing the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble.