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Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

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The Cal Poly Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble perform each quarter in the Performing Arts Center on campus. With CD recordings and international tours, these ensembles have established a wide reputation for musical excellence. Recent tours include performances in England, Ireland, and Scotland June 2013, a performance in the Walt Disney Concert Hall as a part of the Los Angeles International Music Festival in 2010, and a tour of major concert halls in Budapest, Vienna, Schladming, Salzburg, Munich, and Prague in 2006. The groups have also performed in Beethoven Hall in Tokyo, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Michael Fowler Centre in New Zealand, the Sydney Opera House, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Both ensembles have openings for new members each year. Come and join us!


  • Sign-up sheets for auditions will be posted on the bulletin board just outside the Band Office, room 214-A, in the Davidson Music Center, at the beginning of Cal Poly’s Week of Welcome (WOW). Auditions will begin during WOW and continue through the first week of classes. Auditions are designed to give the directors an opportunity to learn more about you on a personal basis, as well as to determine how to make you a better performer. Auditions are also used to decide which ensemble is best for you and to determine which chair position you will hold for the fall quarter.
  • Please visit the Wind Ensemble/Wind Orchestra audition page for more detailed information. There you will find audition repertoire, a complete schedule, information regarding the use of school instruments for auditions, and a list of frequently asked questions.


  • Some new students assume that qualifying for participation in a university concert band requires years of private instruction, coming from a large high school band program, and/or a history of being in honor groups such as the All-State Band. Although there are many students who fall into one or more of these categories, they are definitely not required for eligibility. If you have been an active member of your high school and/or college band, you already have the basic skills necessary for membership. So, even if you have never performed an audition, please feel comfortable scheduling your time with the directors. They work hard to make the process relaxed and stress-free for all new students.

Credit for participating

  • Wind Orchestra
    • MU 172-01 or MU 372-01
    • Rehearsals
      • MW 7:10 - 8:30 p.m. (Fall quarter)
      • MW 5:10 - 6:30 p.m. (Winter/Spring quarters)
  • Wind Ensemble
    • MU 173-01 or MU 373-01
    • Rehearsals
      • MW 8:15 - 10:00 p.m. (Fall quarter)
      • MW 7:10 - 9:00 p.m.   (Winter/Spring quarters)

First Meeting

  • WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 23, 7:10-8:30 p.m. 
    • It is very important that you attend the Organizational Meeting of the Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble to be held in Room 216 of the Davidson Music Center even though the audition results will not have been posted. This will be an informational meeting and you will not need to bring your instrument.               


Andrew McMahanEnsemble Director
Andrew McMahan, Director of Bands
Email Andrew McMahan
Office phone: 805-756-2556
Office location: Davidson Music Center, building 45, room 214A
Web page of Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

Christopher J. WoodruffEnsemble Director
Christopher Woodruff, Associate Director of Bands
Email Christopher Woodruff
Office phone: 805-756-2556
Office location:Davidson Music Center, building 45, room 214A
Web page of Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble