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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 and premiering new works by some of the finest composers in the world such as Michael Markowski, Carl Holmquist, John Mackey, Clint Needham, and Alec Schumacker, among others. Notable performances include the National Band Association Wisconsin Chapter conventions (2011, 2016, and 2020), the Wisconsin State Music Conferences (2014, 2023), and the Sounds of Spring Festival at Carnegie Hall (2022). This ensemble will be performing in the Washington DC International Music Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented by World Projects in April of 2024!

2023 Spring Repertoire

Ride - Hazo

Shenandoah - Ticheli

How to Train Your Dragon - Powell/O'Loughlin

Danzon no. 2 - Marquez/Nickel

Spoon River - Grainger/Sheldon

2023 Winter Repertoire

A Festival Prelude - Reed

Reminiscence - Salfelder

Angels in the Architecture - Ticheli

76 Trombones - Wilson/Anderson/Bocook

Salt March - Mittal

2022 Holiday Repertoire

Toboggan - Hall

O Magnum Mysterium - Lauridsen/Reynolds

Scottish Sunrise - Weller

Rikidum - Van der Roost

Sleigh Ride - Anderson

2022 Spring Repertoire

Khan - Giroux

The Incredibles - Giacchino

Bugler's Holiday - Anderson

Give Us This Day - Maslanka

Semper Fidelis - Sousa

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 

IlluminationDavid Maslanka
00:00 / 04:51
Buglers' HolidayLeroy Anderson
00:00 / 02:49
Rikudim - Four Israeli Dances Mvts 1 and 2Van der Roost
00:00 / 05:21
Ghost Apparatus - BiedenbenderDavid Biedenbender
00:00 / 04:59
In My Perfect PlaceLeslie Gilreath
00:00 / 03:50
The Circus Bee MarchHenry Fillmore
00:00 / 02:49

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) - ASPIRE Commission Consortium

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

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

Love For Pets Consortium by Haley Woodrow (coming in 2023)

Michael Markwoski Consortium (coming in 2023) 

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