Vermont Wind Ensemble

The Vermont Wind Ensemble was founded at the University of Vermont in 1979 by Prefessor Emeritus Dr. Herbert Schultz. The membership of the ensemble includes advanced Music Department students, alumni of the university, area music teachers, and dedicated community members.  In addition to the on-campus concerts every semester, the group has throughout Vermont as well as at two conventions of The Association of Concert Bands. The first concert was in February of 1980, and among the forty-two founding members, three are still active with the group today: James Heininger, Joanne Irwin, and Dean Williams.

The ensemble is conducted by Prof. D. Thomas Toner, who led the group previously from 1996 - 2010.


Auditions take place during the first week of each semester by appointment with the conductor. You should plan to play a two octave scale of your choice to demonstrate tone quality and range and 3-5 minutes of a solo or etude that demonstrates your technical abilities and musicality.  Sight reading is required and will be provided.  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.

Upcoming Concerts

Sunday, April 5, 2020, 3:00 PM

Program TBA

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 3:00 PM

Olympiada - Hazo
Songs of Grace and Songs of Glory - Sousa
Hymn to the Infinite Sky - Yagisawa
The Swan on the Hill - Van der Roost
The Witch and the Saint - Reineke
Caderna - d'Arcangelo/Gabriel
Aquarium - de Meij

Past Concerts

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3:00 PM
Larry Solt, conductor

Gavorkna Fanfare - Stamp
American Salute - Gould
Now Is The Time - O’Toole
Slava! - Bernstein
Incantation and Dance - Chance
One Life Beautiful - Giroux
Crown Imperial - Walton

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2:00 PM
Prof. Yutaka Kono, conductor

Festival Prelude - Reed
Dragon Sky - Guiroux
Lightning Field - Mackey
Fu-Mon - Hoshina
Elegy - Chance
Finale from Symphony No. 5 - Shostakovich

Sunday, April 15th, 2018, 3:00 PM
Chris Rivers, conductor

To A New Dawn - Sparke
Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor - Bach/Hunsberger
Lads of Wamphray March - Grainger
Zion - Welcher
Asphalt Cocktail - Mackey

Sunday, November 12th, 2017, 3:00 PM
​Chris Rivers, conductor

Overture to Candide - Bernstein/Grundman
Children's March - Grainger
Symphony on Themes of Sousa "The Thunderer" - Hearshen
Melodious Thunk - Biedenbender
Star Wars Trilogy - Hunsberger

Vermont Wind Ensemble rehearsal


D. Thomas Toner
(802) 656-7774

Listen to the Vermont Wind Ensemble

"By Loch and Mountain" by Robert W. Smith

Vermont Wind Ensemble (MU 125) rehearses on Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:30.