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Town and Country

Sunday, May 5
7:00pm (doors 6:30)
Buhler Hall, Gretna

W.C. Miller Collegiate Concert Band, Dwayne Schott, Director
Mollin Balisi, flute soloist, Fantaisie Pastoral Hongroise Op. 65, Doppler

$10 (adult) / $5 (Student/senior)
At the door


Dreams and Dances

Sunday, February 10
3:00pm (doors 2:30pm)
Jubilee Place

Westdale School Symphonic Band
Richard Gillis, trumpet
Glen Gillis, alto saxophone
Dean Pollard, trumpet

Works performed to be selected from:

Folk Dances – Shostakovich
Lux Arumque – Eric Whitacre
Dreams and Dances – Richard Gillis
Trumpeter’s Lullaby – Leroy Anderson
Ghost Train – Eric Whitacre

Free Post-concert Reception
$10 (adult) / $5 (Student/senior)
At the door

Announcing performance of Whitacre’s GHOST TRAIN at the 2013 New Music Festival

Wednesday, January 30 | 7:30 PM
Pantages Playhouse
More Information

Gary Pollard Memorial Scholarship

Photo of Gary PollardThe Gary Pollard Memorial Scholarship is presented by the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble as a tribute to one of the most caring and influential musicians in the ensemble’s history.  The scholarship will recognize a trumpet student from grades 7-12 who makes a strong contribution to his/her school community, has demonstrated consistent musical achievement, and has had a significant impact on their peers, ensembles and overall program.   Manitoba band directors are invited to submit a nomination by completing the application form and including a supporting letter (up to 500 words), which indicates how the applicant has met the eligibility criteria.  The $500.00 award is to be used for private instruction, camp tuition, or a purpose as proposed by the student and approved by the awards committee.  The scholarship will be presented at the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble concert on Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Nomination deadline: January 15, 2013.
Nomination Form

Solo Competition

The 2012-13 Winnipeg Wind Ensemble Solo Competition provides woodwind, brass or percussion students to the opportunity to audition for the chance to perform on stage with the WWE at the May 5, 2013 concert in Gretna. Entrance applications are due November 19, 2012 and auditions will be held on December 1, 2012. Click here to download the application form for more details.

2012 – 2013 Concert Season

We are proud to present our 2012-13 concert season. Artistic Director Jacqueline Dawson has crafted a series of concerts that are sure to intrigue and excite audiences from all walks. Be sure to come and enjoy Winnipeg’s professional Wind Ensemble!


November 18, 2012 at 3:00pm
Jubilee Place (180 Riverton Avenue)

With special guests: College Jeanne-Seauve Wind Ensemble

Works performed to be selected from:

  • La Fiesta Mexicana, H. Owen Reed
  • Dusk, Steven Bryant
  • Concerto for Euphonium No. 2, Philip Sparke featuring Vanessa Nowastawski, euphonium
  • Shortcut Home, Dana Wilson
  • Amparito Roca, Jaime Texidor

Dreams & Dances

February 10, 2013 at 3:00pm
Jubilee Place (180 Riverton Avenue)

With special guests: Westdale School Symphonic Band

Works performed to be selected from:

  • Ghost Train, Eric Whitacre
  • Suite for Alto Saxophone & Trumpet, Richard Gillis with Richard Gillis, trumpet and Glenn Gillis, saxophone
  • Trumpeter’s Lullaby, Leroy Anderson
  • The Courtley Dances, Britten/arr. Jan Bach
  • Danza Final, Ginastera/arr. Longfeld

Town and Country

May 5, 2013 at 7:00pm
Buhler Hall, Gretna

With special guests: W.C. Miller Collegiate Concert Band

Tickets $10 adult, $5 student/senior
(children under 12 are free)
Available at the door

Announcing the WWE 2011 – 2012 Concert Season

The Winnipeg Wind Ensemble is excited to announce our performance line-up for the 2011-12 concert season! All performances take place at Jubilee Place (180 Riverton Avenue). Tickets are $10 ($5 students/seniors), available at the door.

Bach and Beyond

Sunday, October 23, 3:00 PM
Featuring the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto performed by clarinet soloist Naoum Gomon
and with special guests:
Acadia Junior High Grade 9 Concert Band – Darryl Ferguson, Director

Heaven and Earth

Sunday, February 12, 3:00 PM
with special guests:
MBCI Concert Band – Andrew Klassen, Director

Around the World

Monday, May 7, 7:30 PM
with special High School Guest Musicians

Sounds of Time

The Winnipeg Wind Ensemble presents The Sounds of Time, Monday May 16th at 7:30 PM. This annual community concert will feature 45 of Winnipeg’s top High School musicians for the second half of the concert. Repertoire will include:

Gustav Holst — First Suite in E-flat for Military Band

Darius Milhaud — Suite Française

Scott McAllister — Free Birds featuring Janna Starling and Wesley Ferreira, clarinet soloists

Samuel Hazo — Exultate

Percy Grainger — Irish Tune from County Derry

Jonathan Dagenais — Symbiopholie!

Alfred Reed — El Camino Real

Tickets $5 (students/seniors), $10 (adults), available at the door. Concert takes place at Jubilee Place (MBCI), 180 Riverton Ave.

Listen to our New Music Festival Performance

A recording of the February 1 evening at the WSO New Music Festival is now available on the CBC Radio 2 website. Host Laurie Brown takes us through the evening’s program that includes our performance of Gary Kulesha’s Confusion of Tongues (second on the program). Click here for the streaming audio of this February 12 broadcast. Click here to view the playlist for this episode of The Signal.

Excitement of a three-ring circus

Gwenda Nemerofsky described our February 1 world premiere performance of Gary Kulesha’s The Confusion of Tongues at the WSO’s New Music Festival as “curiously magical” and “made our skin tingle”. Read the full review on-line here.


On Sunday, February 13th at 3:30 PM the WWE presents Traditions! This concert of great wind band music will take place at Jubilee Place, 180 Riverton Ave. Repertoire will include:

Festive Overture (Shostakovich/trans. Hunsberger)
Give Us This Day (David Maslanka)
Concerto for Clarinet (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Naoum Gomon, clarinet soloist
Florentiner March (Julius Fucik/arr. Fennel)
Suite from Mass (Leonard Berstein/arr. Sweeney)
Be Thou My Vision (David Gillingham)
Fiddler on the Roof (Jerry Bock/arr. Barker)

Tickets $10 adults, $5 students/seniors. Available at the door.

20th New Music Festival – Circus Maximus

Join the WWE and the Winnipeg Symphony Winds for the World Premiere performance of Gary Kulesha’s The Confusion of Tongues. Show starts at 7:30 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Pre concert discussion at 6:40 and pre-concert performance at 7:00. Click here for full details.

New Music Festival Banner

Canadian Wind Conductor Development Program 2011

CWCDP announces the dates for the 2011 session, July 15 to 21, 2011 at St. John’s Ravenscourt School. The guest conductor in residence will be Dr. Shelley Jagow, Director of Bands from Wright State University (Ohio) and 2009 NYB conductor. The Winnipeg Wind Ensemble will again be the workshop band for this great P.D. opportunity. Visit the CWCDP website for more information.

MBA Senior Honour Band Concert

Recordings of this concert are now available for download. Visit our Recordings page now!

MBA Senior Honour Band Concert

Join us at Jubilee Place on November 6th for a joint concert with the Manitoba Band Association Senior Honour Band under the direction of Gillian MacKay. This will be an exciting night of wind band music with performances by both the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble and the MBA Senior Honour Band. Doors open at 6:30, concert at 7:30 PM. Tickets at the door. Adults $10, MBA and students in grade 9 or older $5. Free to all others.

Dances With Winds

October 24, 2010 – 3:30 PM

Join the WWE and Artistic Director Jacqueline Dawson for this exciting season opener! Repertoire will include:

Symphonic Dance No. 3 (Clifton Williams)
The Solitary Dancer, (Warren Benson)
Danceries, (Kenneth Hesketh)
Danzón No. 2 (Marquéz/trans. Nickel)
Circus Polka (Igor Stravinsky)
Four Scottish Dances – Mvt. 3 (Malcolm Arnold/arr. Paynter)
Dance of the Jesters, (Tchaikovsky/trans. Cramer)

Tickets are $5 for students/seniors, $10 for adults (available at the door).

Jubilee Place (MBCI), 180 Riverton Avenue

Announcing the 2010-11 Concert Season

Details for the 2010-11 concert season have just been released:

Dances With Winds
October 24, 2010, 3:30 PM
Jubilee Place

MBA Senior Honour Band
November 6, 2010, 7:30 PM
Jubilee Place

New Music Festival
February 1, 2011, 7:30 PM
Centennial Concert Hall

February 13, 2011, 3:30 PM
Jubilee Place

The Sounds of Time
May 16, 2011, 7:30 PM
Jubilee Place

Recordings of 2009-10 Concerts Now Available

Click on the “Recordings” tab above to listen to recordings of our three concerts for the 2009-10 season.

True North a Success

Thank-you to all the guest musicians who joined the WWE for our final concert of this season. Stay tuned for details on our 2010-11 season!

Poster for True North Concert Available for Download

Click here to download a printable version of the poster. Feel free to post this anywhere you like and help spread the word!

Program Announced for True North Concert on May 3

To include:

Colors and Contrasts of Grief – Suchan
Spring Break – McMullin (Manitoba)
Frenergy – Estacio/arr. Linklater
Newfoundland Rhapsody – Cable
Fantasie – MacKay
Hockey Night in Canada – Claman/arr. Cable

Our CD Saturn Sky Now Available on CD Baby

Visit our page on CD Baby to purchase our CD, Saturn Sky.

The Power of Song a Success!

Thank-you for experiencing our March 14 concert, The Power of Song, with us. The joint performance of Carmina Burana with the Renaissance Voices and Curtis Bamford and Gary Pollard’s soloistic playing in Quiet City were real highlights.

Video of our New Music Festival Performance

Recorded Tuesday, February 9th at the Winnipeg New Music Festival. On the 5th evening of the festival, Arctic Dreams, the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble performs the Canadian premiere of Steven Stucky’s moving work Threnos. Stucky wrote Threnos in memory of a friend and colleague.

Arctic Dreams perfectly crafted

Winnipeg Free Press, February 10, 2010

A beautiful noise was heard Tuesday night as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival rumbled through night four of its week-long celebration of contemporary music. The festival is exploring all things Arctic this year, with Tuesday’s program, Arctic Dreams, showcasing the impressive band talent in this province… click here for full article.

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