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Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

Member of Marching Band

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 Music Building, at the beginning of Cal Poly’s Week of Welcome (WOW). Auditions will begin at the end of WOW and continue through the first week of classes. The purpose of the audition is to provide the directors with an opportunity to meet with you one-on-one, as well as determine which ensemble and chair placement will be best for you during the fall quarter.
  • For the audition, please prepare a fast excerpt to demonstrate your technical ability, and a slow excerpt which demonstrates your lyrical/expressive abilities. Your selections should be no longer than 2 or 3 minutes. You may perform excerpts from solo literature, etudes, or concert/marching band repertoire. This 10-minute session will be relaxed and informal.


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

First Meeting

  • WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 24, 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 Music Building (#45) 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
E-mail 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
E-mail Christopher Woodruff
Office phone: 805-756-2556
Office location: Davidson Music Center, building 45, room 214A
Web page of Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble