The UST Bands are made up of students who are serious musicians, but whose major course of study may vary from music to engineering, business, biology or foreign affairs. Students may participate in a variety of musical groups – from small chamber ensembles to larger symphonic ensembles. UST Band opportunities include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Chamber Winds and a full complement of woodwind, brass and percussion chamber ensembles.
While members of the UST Bands study and perform standard and
contemporary band music as well as transcriptions of other musical genres, the program is dedicated to bringing new literature to the band repertoire. Each year, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble actively commissions and premieres new music by significant national and internationally renowned composers. Since 1991, the UST Symphonic Wind Ensemble has commissioned and premiered over 70 new works for band. This music is being recorded for commercial distribution and appears on the innova record label.
The UST Symphonic Wind Ensemble has performed highly acclaimed concerts before the Minnesota Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Conference North Central Division and the Music Educators National Conference National Biennial Conference. The UST Bands have toured throughout the United States and abroad, having performed in venues such as Eugene Goosens Hall and Town Hall (Australia) and the national theaters of Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Japan China and Italy. Live national radio broadcasts include appearances on National Public Radio (United States), IMER (National Mexican Radio) and the Australia Broadcast Company. They have been televised nationally on PBS.
"Road to the Stars"
University of St. Thomas Commission Series, Vol. I
Featuring commissioned music by Marquez, Boysen, Jr., Woolfenden, Hultgren, Cichy, and Clarke
"Out of Nowhere"
University of St. Thomas Commission Series, Vol. II
Featuring commissioned music by Hesketh, Rudin, Ellerby, Sparke and Chobanian
"From All Sides"
University of St. Thomas Commission Series, Vol. III
Featuring commissioned music by Hultgren, Nani, Turnbull, and Qian