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KU Wind Ensemble picked to perform at College Band Directors National Association conference

Thursday, May 12, 2016

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association biennial conference next spring, a top honor among university concert bands.

The KU Wind Ensemble, directed by Paul Popiel, was one of nine college ensembles chosen to perform at the national conference, which will be held March 15 to 18, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. The students will perform at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. The wind ensemble will hold a preview concert at the Lied Center of Kansas on March 8, 2017.  

“Paul Popiel and our students deserve a hearty congratulations for this prestigious invitation. This is among the highest and most competitive honors for a university concert band to receive,” KU School of Music Dean Robert Walzel said. “This honor confirms in a most special way the hard work of Professor Popiel, his band staff, our wind and percussion students and our applied faculty.” 

The selection process included blind, competitive auditions of submitted recordings from the current academic year.

Other schools selected were: 

Ball State University Wind Ensemble

Michigan State University Wind Symphony

Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble 

Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble

University of Georgia's The Hodgson Wind Ensemble 

University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble

University of Texas at Austin Wind Ensemble

West Texas A&M University Symphonic Band

As hosts, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory Wind Symphony will also perform at the conference.

The KU Wind Ensemble is comprised of the finest wind and percussion players at the university. In 2013, the ensemble had its Carnegie Hall debut for the world premiere of In the Shadow of No Towers. The ensemble also performed for President Obama’s address to the University of Kansas in January 2015.

For more information about the College Band Directors National Association visit: https://www.cbdna.org

For more information about the KU Wind Ensemble visit: http://music.ku.edu/band/windensemble



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