- Donald Hunsberger
A wind band performance concept created in 1952 when Frederick Fennell founded the Eastman Wind Ensemble at the Eastman School of Music. Its primary principles differed from the traditional concert/military band of the period in that the wind ensemble utilizes flexible personnel assignments and instrumentation distribution, a repertoire primarily of original works for wind band, and the use of an orchestral style of performance.
The wind ensemble performs works ranging from chamber music through compositions for the standard orchestra wind section (3-3-3-3, 4-3-3-1, T percussion), the expanded orchestra winds (instruments in fours plus keyboard, harp, string bass and multiple percussion) to large scale concert band works. The musicians are normally assigned one to a part unless requested differently by a composer or orchestrator; a single concert program may employ eight players for an octet, 22 for an orchestra wind section work, 36 for an expanded orchestra wind section work, and 55 for a traditional concert band composition....