Wind Orchestra

THE UNLV WIND ORCHESTRA has received international acclaim for its fresh and creative approach to music making. Performing contemporary repertoire in addition to classical masterworks, the Wind Orchestra at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has been responsible for commissioning and premiering numerous significant new works by America’s finest young contemporary composers including Eric Whitacre, Wendell Yuponce, Jonathon Newman, Steven  Bryant, Jim Bonney, Corey Hirsch, Paul Seitz, Nathan Tanouye, Jennifer Bellor, Kenneth                Froelich and Wataru Hokoyama. In addition, the Wind Orchestra has recently commissioned and      premiered new compositions by landmark American contemporary composers Bruce                       Broughton, Roger Nixon and James Barnes.  Special highlights to past UNLV Wind Orchestra        performances showcase many of the world’s finest musicians. Such notables include Brian             Bowman, Eric Marienthal, Stefan Karlsson, Steve Houghton, Hideo Sano, Gregg Field, Ted            Atkatz, Tom Warrington, Elliot Zigman, Ed Soph, Shoichiro Hokazono, Col. John                           Bourgeois, Col. Arnald Gabriel, Col. Michael Bankhead and Dr. Harry Begian. The                          ensemble is comprised of music majors, non-majors and includes select graduate students               enrolled in the masters and doctoral performance degree programs at UNLV.

                Under the baton of Professor Thomas G. Leslie, the Wind Orchestra has received                              acclaim for outstanding performances at the American Bandmasters Association                               National Conference, the Music Educators National Conference Biennial Convention,                       the Hokkaiddo Band Association Wind Band Conference in Sapporo, Japan, the La                          Croix Valmer International Music Festival in St. Tropez, France, the College Band                           Directors National Association West/Northwest Regional Conference and numerous                        state and local conventions. The UNLV Wind Orchestra has received outstanding                             reviews for twenty professional recordings of international repute on Mark Custom                          Recordings and the Troy Classical Recordings labels. These releases include the                               latest CD releases for the new UNLV Wind Orchestra Series on Klavier Records:                              3 Steps Forward featuring Grammy Award winners Eric Marienthal and                                           members of the Yellowjackets, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, and Will                                          Kennedy, Spiritual Planet, 4 Flew Over the Hornet’s Nest featuring Grammy                                   Award winners Eric Marienthal, Russell Ferrante, Ric Fierabracci and Joel                                        Taylor, The Quest, Vegas Maximus, Concerto for Marienthal featuring                                               Grammy Award winner Eric Marienthal, Marquee Mojo,  Lost Vegas featuring                                  Grammy Award winners Eric Marienthal, Bernie Dresel and Christin                                                 Tamburr, Ventanas, The Return featuring Grammy Award winner Eric                                                Marienthal, Mitchel Foreman, Kevin Axt and Bernie Dresel and the newest                                       release in the Klavier UNLV Wind Orchestra Series 24K Gould.

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