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Wind Ensemble Repertoire Vision

Wind Ensemble Repertoire Vision Statement

The Swarthmore Wind Ensemble is committed to studying and performing works by composers who have long been underrepresented in wind ensemble and concert band culture. Through our programming we aim to lift up works by past and present composers including but not limited to those who identify as women, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, or People of Color in order to address the long history of presenting repertoire mostly limited to white males of predominantly European descent. It is our goal to study, learn, and bring to the Swarthmore community a wide variety of music for wind ensemble that moves and encourages all of us to make the world of band music an inclusive space. This is an ongoing process, and we welcome suggestions and dialogue as our work as an ensemble evolves together. 

Here are a few of the works that have entered our repertoire over the last few years, and we plan to broaden our repertoire with each new cohort of Swarthmore students. 

  • May Aufderheide (arr. Hauze), The Thriller! Rag
  • Katahj Copley, Sunshine
  • Daniel Dade, New York From a Distance
  • Roshanne Etezady, Against the Rain
  • James Reese Europe (arr. Hauze), Clef Club March
  • Stacy Garrop, Chariot of Helios
  • Julie Giroux, The Lion and the Mouse
  • Shelley Hanson, Elegy for Albinoni
  • Yasuhide Ito, Festal Ballade
  • Jennifer Jolley, Ash and Lichtweg
  • Scott Joplin (arr. Schuller), Combination March
  • Arturo Márquez (arr. Nickel), Danzón no. 2
  • Anne McGinty, A Jubilant Tribute
  • Dwayne S. Milburn, American Hymnsong Suite
  • Julia Lee Niebergall (arr. Hauze), Hoosier Rag
  • Clara Schumann (arr. Whitman), Romanze
  • Chen Yi, Suite from China West