Cal Poly Wind Orchestra

Plans for Winter Quarter 2021

Student safety is our highest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cal Poly has developed a detailed plan for fall — consistent with the governor’s plan, CSU guidelines and the advice of our County Public Health Department. Currently, our Wind Band plans may include in-person instruction with substantial safety measures in place. Virtual participation will also be available synchronously. Any adjustments for winter quarter will be shared once they become known.  

Our spring quarter classes (rehearsals) met entirely via distance-learning to meet health and safety requirements while doing everything possible to meet the goals outlined in our course descriptions.

In the meantime, the Personnel Audition Form is open and musicians are encouraged to let us know of their insterest in pursuing ensemble opportunities at Cal Poly, whatever form they take! Go here to complete the Online Interest Form.

Cal Poly Wind Ensemble Invited to Perform for National Association

In spring of 2019, the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble received an invitation to perform at the CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Conference to be hosted at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington on March 18-21, 2020. Information about the conference and its associated concerts will be udpated here: CBDNA Conference

The fifty-member ensemble will be one of only eight bands traveling from eleven states in the Division. Aside from California, other states represented during the four days' conference are Utah, Arizona, Hawai'i, Washington and Alberta, Canada.

The program will feature Cal Poly flute faculty Suzanne Duffy on Stephen Bulla's "Rhapsody for Flute." Another highlight of the program is music faculty Antonio G. Barata's new work for wind and percussion ensemble, "Winds of Change."

In keeping with Cal Poly's "Learn By Doing" approach, the Wind Ensemble concert will include a chamber piece led by the students. The remainder of the concert will be conducted by Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff and Associate Director of Bands Nicholas P. Waldron.

The Cal Poly Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra

With CD recordings and international tours, Cal Poly's Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra have established a wide reputation for musical excellence and often receive invitations to perform at music festivals and conventions in both the U.S. and abroad. The bands toured Europe performing throughout the British Isles and Ireland in 2013 as well as Eastern Europe in 2006. The ensembles have also performed in Los Angeles, Sydney, Tokyo, New Zealand, San Francisco, and at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Wind Ensemble has performed at the Western Division conferences of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and conferences hosted by the California Music Educators Association conference. The ensemble’s first performance for the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) was in 1991, on the campus of Arizona State University. In 1997, the group again performed for the ABA Conference held in San Diego and then once again here in San Luis Obispo in 2007. The Wind Ensemble most recently performed for ABA in 2016 when Cal Poly once again served as host.

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Would you like to know more?

All prospective and current Cal Poly students interested in joining the Wind Ensemble or Wind Orchestra should fill out our Online Interest Form.

We enjoy meeting new students and encourage you to send an email if you have any questions or plan to visit campus. Contact information for directors and all band faculty and staff can be found on our contacts page.