Wind Ensemble in concert at the inauguration of President Crawford

Wind Ensemble

The Miami University Wind Ensemble is comprised of the fifty finest wind and percussion performers on campus. Utilizing the player pool concept, the ensemble performs traditional wind band literature, chamber music, and new works entering the repertoire. True to the spirit of an outstanding liberal arts university, the ensemble is open to students of all disciplines by audition each semester.


  • Woodwind and brass players wishing to perform in the Symphony Orchestra or Wind Ensemble take one audition to be considered for either or both ensembles. Auditions are held during the first three days of classes, in the evening.

    Below you will find a link to the set of audition materials for Fall 2017 and a link to a Google calendar where you may sign up for an audition time. Find your instrument within the set and download the excerpts to prepare. Once you are ready find your instrument block in the Google calendar link below and sign up for a 6 minute slot. Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to access these audition materials.

    Wind Audition Excerpts »

  • Percussionists interested in Wind Ensemble and/or Symphony Orchestra should contact Michael LaMattina,
  • Online audition time signup instructions
    • Audition dates are August 27th, 28th and 29th.
    • Wind players will audition for Professors Averbach and Speck, at which time they shall indicate the ensemble(s) for which they wish to be considered.
    • MAKE EVERY EFFORT to audition in the block(s) of time reserved for your instrument. Also, please sign for the earliest time at which you are available. Do not add times without first speaking to either Dr. Averbach or Mr. Speck. Please try to audition on the same evening if you are not available during your time block.
    • If you must perform at a time other than that reserved for your instrument, please indicate your instrument.  Example: Bud Herseth, trumpet
    • You will be asked to play scales and the audition excerpts; you might be asked to sight-read also.
    • Questions?  Please email or see Dr. Averbach in 103 PRS or Mr. Speck in 206 PRS.
    • Saxophone and Euphonium players must audition on Monday, August 28. Note that this audition block takes place in PRS007. All other audition blocks take place in PRS100. Please contact Mr. Speck if there is a problem.
    • The rehearsal times for the ensembles are as follows:
      Wind Ensemble:  MWF, 1:15-2:35
      MUSO:  MWF, 2:50-4:10
      Please know your class schedule, including potential conflicts for both ensembles.
    • 1st Orchestra General Meeting:       Friday, September 1st
      1st Wind Ensemble Rehearsal:        Friday, September 1st

    Wind Audition Time Signups »

For more information about the Wind Ensemble, contact Gary A. Speck, director,