College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Music and Dance


Vermont Wind Ensemble

The Vermont Wind Ensemble was founded at the University of Vermont in 1979 by Dr. Herbert Schultz. The membership of the ensemble includes advanced Music Department students, alumni of the university, area music teachers, and dedicated community members, and has performed at two conventions of The Association of Concert Bands, as well as regular performances on campus and in the community. The first concert was in February of 1980, and among the forty-two founding members, four still perform with the group today: James Heininger, Joanne Irwin, Susan O’Daniel, and Dean Williams.


Alan Parshley, A322 Music Building, Phone: 656-2280, e-mail: Alan.Parshley@uvm.edu


Auditions take place during the first week of each semester by appointment with Professor Parshley. You should plan to play a two octave scale of your choice to demonstrate tone quality and range; approximately three minutes of a standard solo work for your instrument; sight reading from standard wind literature. UVM students are given priority over non-UVM people for acceptance into the ensemble (Note: students who perform in the Vermont Wind Ensemble are required to also perform in the UVM Concert Band). While it is hoped that everyone who is qualified will be offered a spot in the group, ensemble balance issues will occasionally make that impossible.

Course Syllabus (click to view syllabus)

2013-14 Concert Schedule

Location: UVM Music Building Recital Hall, Redstone Campus

Alan Parshley, Director


Sunday, November 3, 2013, 3:00 p.m.

The Vermont Wind Ensemble takes the audience on a musical adventure to exotic places with a program entitled "Myths and Legends".  The concert opens with Sousa's tribute to the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (now referred to as the Shriners), with his "Nobles of the Mystic Shrine".   Sousa combines this fraternal organization's sense of fun and fellowship with mystical and Turkish elements in one of his most unusual and colorful marches.  Next is a romp through the Old West with John Williams' Overture to "The Cowboys", followed by Alfred Reed's wonderfully evocative "A Northern Legend", which takes us to the calm and cool northern woods of the the United States.  The concert closes with Johann de Meij's epic Symphony No. 1, "The Lord of the Rings".  Based on characters and places from Tolkien's novel, this original work for symphonic band visits the mythical world of Gandalf, Lothlorien, Gollum, the mines of Moria, and the Hobbits.


“Myths and Legends”
Sousa, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
John Williams, The Cowboys
Alfred Reed, A Northern Legend
Johann de Meij, Symphony No. 1, “The Lord of the Rings”


Sunday, April 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

The Vermont Wind Ensemble presents “American Scenes”, a concert exploring the rich musical heritage of North America. A series of snapshots of different times and places, the program includes Walter Piston’s colorful musical portrait of the Tunbridge World’s Fair, William Schuman’s modern take on a revolutionary war tune, the flavor of the American Southwest in Clifton Williams’ Symphonic Dance # 3: Fiesta, and the Olympic Fanfare and Theme of John Williams. Also included on the concert will be the premiere of an arrangement by Alan Parshley of music by Aaron Copland for the movie “Our Town”. The soloist for this program will be Dale Long, the principal euphonium player in the Vermont Wind Ensemble; he will be playing “Vintage”, by David Gillingham.


John Williams, Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Grundman, American Folk Rhapsody No. 4
Gillingham, “Vintage”; Dale Long, Euphonium soloist
Piston, “Tunbridge Fair”
Copland, “Our Town”
Schuman, “Chester”
Clifton Williams, Symphonic Dance No. 3, Fiesta

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