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TCNJ Wind Ensemble

MUS 140 (Non-Majors: MUS 180)

The Wind Ensemble is the premiere wind band at TCNJ.  Made up primarily of music majors, this ensemble is auditioned in the fall.  The Wind Ensemble tours New Jersey and surrounding states performing concerts and giving clinics and has completed a series of commissioned recordings for Kalmus Publishing, Mark Recording Company, and Alfred Reed.

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Rehearsal Times: Monday and Thursday from 3:30-5:20pm

Contact the conductor, Dr. Joshua Roach, email

Audition Dates and Information



2017-18 Season: 

Spring 2018 performance

Stay tuned for more information!



Fall 2017 – November 16th at 8pm in Kendall Mainstage Theatre

In The Technique of My Musical Language, Olivier Messiaen describes how “we shall see some shadows of former times float by, we shall salute some great names of modern times; but all these borrowings…will be passed through the deforming prism of our language, will receive from our style a different blood, an unexpected melodic and rhythmic color…” The TCNJ Wind Ensemble performs works in which composers make new light of existing musical or topical material.


Reynaldo Hahn – Le Bal de Béatrice D’Este
Gustav Holst – Suite No. 2 in F for Military Band
Chen Yi – Energetically from Dragon Rhyme
A Percy Grainger Set –

The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare
Blithe Bells
Gumsuckers March

Charles Ives/Schuman/Rhoads – Variations on ‘America’

2016-17 Season:


Spring 2017 – April 29th at 8pm

It’s almost time for summer, so come celebrate the advent of warm weather and listen to The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble “bring the heat!” Program includes: Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta” by Clifton Williams, Before the Sun by Julie Giroux, Islas y Montanas “III. Seis Manuel” by Shelley Hanson, and Redline Tango – John Mackey


Islas y Montanas “III. Seis Manuel” – Shelley Hanson

Five Miniatures – Joaquín Turina

Evaporation – Paul Winch (world premiere)
Before the Sun – Julie Giroux
Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta” – Clifton Williams
Redline Tango – John Mackey

On Violence and Peace

Spring 2017 – February 24th at 8pm

“Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Given the recent incidents of violence and hate both at home and abroad, musicians and artists can feel helpless to make a real difference. Though this thought is understandable, one of music’s greatest powers is to shine a light onto issues of the day and bring people together to celebrate our common humanity, while at the same time honoring and remembering the lives affected by violence. The program for “On Violence & Peace” includes music written as statements on the horrific, violent events in the Civil Rights Era, Nazi Germany and the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble will also give the world premiere of Last Breaths for wind ensemble by Armando Bayolo; a composition written in response to the recent shootings of African-Americans by police officers. “On Violence & Peace” will be produced in conjunction with TCNJ’s Institute for Social Justice in the Arts and Humanities, which will bring high school students from the community together for a day of discussion and learning.


American Guernica – Adolphus Hailstork
Elegy: Sandy Hook – Armando Bayolo
Remember Me – David Maslanka – Natalie Spehar, cello
Last Breaths – Armando Bayolo (world premiere)
Amazing Grace – Frank Ticheli
Homage to the Dream – Mark Camphouse
Serenity – Ola Gjeilo, arr. J. Eric Wilson


Spring 2017 – February 24th at 8pm

“Post-classical siren” (New York Post), Mellissa Hughes, joins The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble for a concert celebrating the interplay of language and music. Osvaldo Golijov’s Three Songs for Soprano deftly uses poetry of Rosalia de Castro and Emily Dickinson and Brooklyn resident Gabriel Kahane’s Craigslistlieder uses irreverent text from Craigslist ads, newly arranged for large chamber ensemble by TCNJ’s Director of Bands, David Vickerman. Closing the concert is Andriessen’s poignant M is for Man, Music, Mozart. Come prepared to think, smile and laugh. This concert is not to be missed!


Three Songs for Soprano – Osvaldo Golijov arr. by Marc Sosnowchik

Craigslistlieder – Gabriel Kahane arr. by David Vickerman (world premiere)

M is for Man, Music, Mozart – Louis Andriessen


2015-16 Season:

Pixel Music

Fall 2015 – October 30th at 8 pm

In collaboration with the Department of Interactive Multimedia and the TCNJ Art Gallery exhibition, “A Palette of Pixels”, the Department of Music is proud to present this concert of outstanding music from video games performed by The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble and conductor, Dr. David Vickerman. Come enjoy music from Halo, Civilization IV, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VII, Journey, Chrono Trigger, God of War, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. and others! Featuring special guest conductor and composer of the God of War series for Sony Playstation, Gerard K. Marino. During the day, Mr. Marino will also be speaking at the Brown Bag Lecture series about composing for video games and media.  This concert also features special guest ensemble, The College of New Jersey Chorale and their conductor, Dr. John Leonard.  (Since the concert is the day before Halloween, we would like to encourage audience members to dress as their favorite video game character!)

PROGRAM to be selected from:
Video Games Live – Part 1 arr. by Ford (Halo, Civilization IV, Kingdom Hearts)
Video Games Live – Part 2 arr. by Ford (Final Fantasy VII, Myst III, Bounty Hunter)
I Was Born for This (from Journey) – Austin Wintory arr. by Roland Barrett
Banner Saga Suite – Austin Wintory
Chrono Trigger Theme – Yasunori Mitsuda arr. by David Vickerman
Medley from The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time – Koji Kondo arr. Mohd Rasul
Super Mario Bros. – Koji Kondo arr. by Hashide
Baba Yetu (from Civilization IV) – Christopher Tin  (featuring the TCNJ Chorale)
God of War: Revenge and Redemption – Gerard Marino arr. by David Vickerman (Gerard Marino, guest conductor)
Yorkshire Ballad – James Barnes (Jason Verblaauw, student conductor)

Spiritus Mundi

Spring 2016 – March 4th at 8 pm

The Department of Music is proud to present an evening of unique and contemporary wind band music that explores humanity’s deep connection to the world around us, our connection to our musical past, our connection to the unknown and our ever-deepening connection to technology.  Featuring TWO premieres: Velocity Meadows by Christopher Stark, a soprano saxophone concerto with TCNJ Saxophone Professor, Kathleen Mitchell and Observer in the Magellanic Cloud by Mason Bates, in a new wind ensemble arrangement by Director of Bands, David Vickerman. The concert closes with Steven Bryant’s epic and award-winning composition for wind ensemble and live electronics, Ecstatic Waters. Special guests, The Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Band, will also perform on the concert.

Observer in the Magellanic Cloud – Mason Bates arr. by David Vickerman  (WORLD PREMIERE)
Velocity Meadows – Christopher Stark (Kathleen Mitchell, soprano saxophone) (WORLD PREMIERE Soprano Sax version)
Ecstatic Waters – Steven Bryant


Spring 2016 – April 30th at 8 pm

This concert by The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble features some of the most beloved cornerstones in the wind band repertoire.  We encourage all alumni that have been involved in music at The College of New Jersey to come and enjoy this concert as well! Featuring guest conductor, Dr. Marian Stewart, Assistant Director of Bands


El Capitan – John Philip Sousa
Sea Songs – Ralph Vaughan Williams (Marian Stewart, guest conductor)
If Thou Be Near – JS Bach arr. by Alfred Reed (Sean Ferguson, student conductor)
First Suite in E-flat for Military Band – Gustav Holst
Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon – Percy Grainger (Cristina Villagomez, student conductor)
Lincolnshire Posy – Percy Grainger

2014-15 Season:

Fall 2014 – November 7th at 8 pm

New Morning for the World

Coming Together – Part 2: Attica – Frederic Rzewski
Elegy for a Young American – Ronald LoPresti
American Guernica – Adolphus Hailstork
New Morning for the World – Joseph Schwantner, trans. by Nikk Pilato

Spring 2015 – February 27th at 8 pm

American Eclectic

Requiem for a Hummingbird – Marc Mellits
Gone – Scott McAllister
Lollapalooza – John Adams, trans. by James Spinazzola
Symphony No. 1 “My Hands are a City” – Jonathan Newman

Spring 2015 – April 24th at 8 pm


Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo – Gustav Holst
The Alcotts – Charles Ives – trans. by Richard Thurston
Variations on a Shaker Melody – Aaron Copland
Shouting at the Gates to the Neon Wasteland – James Young – WORLD PREMIERE
Handel in the Strand – Percy Grainger, trans. by Richard Goldman

2013-2014 Season:

Fall 2013

Rhythm and Repose

Gumsuckers March – Percy Grainger
The Leaves are Falling – Warren Benson
Bounce – Stephen Gorbos WORLD PREMIERE
In Evening’s Stillness – Joseph Schwantner
Asphalt CocktailJohn Mackey

Spring 2014

Pulse CBDNA Preview Concert

Blow it Up, Start AgainJonathan Newman
AugenblickChristopher Stark
Ara Batur – Sigur Ros
MothershipMason Bates
Asphalt Cocktail – John Mackey

Blasorchester with the TCNJ Concert Band

Passacaglia and Fugue in c Minor – Johann Sebastian Bach arr. by Hunsberger
Trauersinfonie – Richard Wagner
Overture in C for Winds – Felix Mendelssohn

2012-2013 Season:

Fall 2012


Resonances I – Ron Nelson
Emblems – Aaron Copland
as the scent of spring rain… – Jonathan Newman
Moving Parts – David Sampson
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein arr. by Paul Lavender
Aurora Awakes – John Mackey

Spring 2013


Music for Prague 1968Karel Husa
Shadow of Sirius (flute concerto) – Joel Puckett with faculty flute artist: David DiGiacobbe
Sound and Smoke – Viet Cuong