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The Arrowhead High School Wind Ensemble is comprised of the most advanced wind and percussion students in Arrowhead’s Instrumental Music Program. Many members take private lessons and participate in outside music ensembles such as the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Youth Wind and Jazz Ensembles, and other organizations around the country. This ensemble continues a rich tradition of commissioning new works. The wind ensemble has premiered works by Michael Markowski, Carl Holmquist, John Mackey, James Grant, Clint Needham, and Keane Southard, among others. In January 2011, 2016, and 2020 the Arrowhead Wind Ensemble performed at the National Band Association Wisconsin Chapter convention and in October 2014, the group performed at the Wisconsin State Music Conference.

AHS Wind Ensemble commission/consortium projects:

Instinctive Travels by Michael Markowski (Winter 2009)

To You by Carl Holmquist (Spring 2011)

High Wire by John Mackey (Spring 2012)

So Many Tomorrows by Clint Needham (Spring 2013)

Tribute: To Those Who Serve by James Grant (Spring 2014)

Uma Passachalha Brasileira by Keane Southard (Spring 2015)

Addison Red Line by Jeremy Bell (Fall 2015)

Dreamcasting by Adam Berndt (2017 - Wind Symphony)

Nothing to Fear, Nothing to Doubt... by Jess Turner (2017) 
At Her Ladyship's Request by Carter Pann (2017)

Summerscapes by Carl Holmquist (2018)

Think About It by Jennifer Jolley (2018) - ASPIRE Commission Consortium

Three Miniatures by William Bolcom (2019) - ASPIRE Commission Consortium

An Uneasy March by Donald Grantham (2019) - ASPIRE Commission Consortium

The Last Hive Mind II by Shuying LI (2020)

Lumen de Lumine Caelum by Joshua Idio (2021) - ...And We Were Heard

Ode to Sisyphus by Alec Schumacker (2022) - World Projects New Music Initiative 

2022 Winter/Carnegie Hall Repertoire

To Dance Among the Stars - Balmages

Near Woodstock Town - Grainger/Cramer

Ode to Sisyphus - Schumacker (World Premiere)

Fantasia for Band - Giannini

Mambo from West Side Story - Bernstein/Sweeney

2021 Holiday Repertoire

March of the Toys - Herbert/Rogers

Sussex Mummer's Christmas Carol - Grainger/Clark

The Polar Express - Silvestri/Ballard/Brubaker

The Eighth Candle - Reisteter

Sleigh Ride - Anderson 

2021 Fall Repertoire

Shine - Michael Markowski

Lumen de Lumine Caelum (World Premiere)

Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo - Arnold/Paynter

All Creatures of our God and King - Gackstatter

2021 Spring Repertoire

Festive Overture - Shostakovich/Hunsberger

Hill Country Sketches - Bruce Bray

Play! - Carl Holmquist

Who's Who in Navy Blue - Sousa

2020/21 Early Spring Repertoire

The Last Hive Mind II - Shuying Li

Variations on a Korean Folk Song - John Barnes Chance

Music From Mission: Impossible - arr. Jay Bocook

British Eighth March - Zo Elliot

The Acorn Scandal - David Starrett

IlluminationDavid Maslanka
00:00 / 04:51
In My Perfect PlaceLeslie Gilreath
00:00 / 03:50
The Circus Bee MarchHenry Fillmore
00:00 / 02:49